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Near Evanston in Uinta County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Hilliard, Wyoming

Poverty Flats to Productive Ranches

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Hilliard, Wyoming Marker
Inscription. The first settler in the Hilliard area was John Myers who arrived in the middle to late 1850s. He worked at Fort Bridger in 1857, and in 1860 made his home on the Bear River where the Salt Lake Trail (California/Mormon Trail) crossed the river, a place called Myers' Crossing. Homesteaders arrived in 1860, many of whom later worked in the timber and charcoal industry during the time of the Union Pacific Railroad. Timber was cut in the Uinta Mountains with logs floated down a flume and delivered to charcoal kilns in Hilliard and Piedmont. The charcoal was used by the Union Pacific Railroad and in smelters in Utah. The town was named in 1873 after an early railroad conductor, Reuben T. Hilliard. In 1877, Hilliard was the third largest shipping point along the railroad. During the sheep shearing season, the population of the town expanded to over four hundred. Thousands of pounds of wool were shipped east and west. The shipping station was closed in 1900. Thereafter, the post office was discontinued and the town of Hilliard became a memory with only the descendents (sic) of the original settler remaining to work their productive ranch lands.
 
Erected by Wyoming State Archives and Historical Department.
 
Location. 41° 8.364′ N, 110° 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Hilliard, Wyoming Marker
50.55′ W. Marker is near Evanston, Wyoming, in Uinta County. Marker is on State Highway 150 near County Route 166, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Evanston WY 82930, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hilliard City and Piedmont (a few steps from this marker); Bear River City (approx. 1.3 miles away); Aspen Tunnel (approx. 1.3 miles away); Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 1.3 miles away); Native Americans (approx. 1.4 miles away); Meyers Crossing (approx. 1.4 miles away); Historic Trails (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mormon Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Evanston.
 
More about this marker. This marker, on the left when heading south, is located at a turn out on Highway 150 about 12 miles south of Interstate 80.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 10, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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