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Near Sinclair in Carbon County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Powder Magazine

 
 
Powder Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
1. Powder Magazine Marker
Inscription. The powder magazine housed the fort's munitions and therefore was located away from the main military complex. Ironically, it is one of the few fort structures remaining. It replaced the original magazine, a dugout constructed when the post was established in 1868.
The structure was built in 1881 from locally quarried stone and from materials fabricated at the Department of the Platte Headquarters in Omaha and shipped by rail to Fort Fred Steele. With sturdy walls of random-coursed ashlar sandstone, the powder magazine remains essentially the same as it was in 1881, although the tin roof has been replaced with shingles and internal shelving has been removed.
Few artillery pieces and only small quantities of ammunition were kept at the post. Fort Fred Steele generally had only a single mountain howitzer, and sometimes a Gatling gun on hand. Other explosive and combustable materials such as powder, fuses and signaling fireworks probably also were stored in this building.
 
Erected by Wyoming Recreation Commission.
 
Location. 41° 46.46′ N, 106° 56.822′ W. Marker is near Sinclair, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker is on County Route 347 near Interstate 80, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map
Wideview of Powder Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
2. Wideview of Powder Magazine Marker
. Marker is in this post office area: Sinclair WY 82334, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cemetery (here, next to this marker); A Tourist's Railroad (here, next to this marker); Fenimore Chatterton (a few steps from this marker); Sheepherder's Community (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ranching (about 600 feet away); Sheep Industry (about 700 feet away); Sheep Ranching (about 700 feet away); Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sinclair.
 
More about this marker. This marker, among a grouping of four markers, is located at Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site between the Entrance Kiosk and the Powder Magazine. The markers are on County Road 347, north of the Interstate 80 Exit 228 and south of the railroad tracks.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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