Buffalo in Johnson County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Powder River Country
Twelve thousand years ago. the rich grassland and abundant wildlife attracted Native American hunters into the area. As the United States expanded, commerce and conflict occurred. The Portugese Houses, east of Kaycee, were part of the fur trade industry during the early nineteenth century. The establishment of the Bozeman Trail in 1863 brought on warfare between some of the tribes and the United States Army ending with the expulsion of the Native Americans from the area in 1877. Historic sites like Fort Reno and Crazy Woman Battlefield reflect this struggle. During the last two decades of the nineteenth century, disputes between open range ranchers and homesteaders resulted in many confrontations, ending with the 1892 Johnson County War fights at KC and TA ranches.
Today, ranching exists alongside minerals and recreation industries. The land's wealth however, is not infinite. Only through careful stewardship can the land be cared for and maintained. Wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing, tours of museums and historic sites, traveling historic roads, and camping and hiking allow all to appreciated Powder River Country.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Fort Street, Buffalo WY 82834, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nate Champion's Diary (within shouting distance of this marker); Nate Champion's Last Run (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Homesteading and the Jenkins Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Occidental Hotel (about 600 feet away); Living on the Edge (approx. ¼ mile away); Big Horn Mountains (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the back of the parking lot next to the Bank of Buffalo.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 13, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.