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Near Buffalo in Johnson County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Tisdale Divide

 
 
Tisdale Divide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
1. Tisdale Divide Marker
Inscription. Wyoming in the 1880s was an open range controlled by cattle kings. Some of the powerful stockgrowers thought rustling was a problem, but others were just as concerned about the influx of small operators who used government land grants which threatened the open range. John A. Tisdale, one of the small operators, was dry-gulched in a gully just north and east of this spot as he returned home from a shopping trip to Buffalo in late November, 1891. Locals were outraged by the killing of this respected family man.
Frank Canton, a former Johnson County sheriff, was accused of the murder, but was never brought to trial. Stock detectives, such as Canton, were hired by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association to protect their large herds and to intimidate would-be ranchers.
This incident, coupled with the murder of Orley E. Jones a few days earlier, set the stage for the infamous invasion of Johnson County in April, 1892.
 
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
 
Location. 44° 14.22′ N, 106° 42.336′ W. Marker is near Buffalo, Wyoming, in Johnson County. Marker is on Old Highway 87 (at milepost 293) near Buffalo Sussex Cutoff Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is
Tisdale Divide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
2. Tisdale Divide Marker
at or near this postal address: 29201 Old Highway 87, Buffalo WY 82834, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. TA Ranch (approx. 5.7 miles away); Veteran's Home of Wyoming War Memorials (approx. 6.8 miles away); Fort McKinney (approx. 7.3 miles away); Living on the Edge (approx. 7 miles away); Occidental Hotel (approx. 7.6 miles away); Homesteading and the Jenkins Family (approx. 7.7 miles away); Johnson County Courthouse (approx. 7.7 miles away); Johnson County War Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Also see . . .  Joe Horner ("Frank M. Canton") -- The Spell of the West. ...As much as any gunfighter in Western history, he epitomized the flexible attitude that stamped such men as a breed. Theirs was a profession in which the opportunity for action, and for gain, tended to outweigh ethical considerations. Crossing the line that separated lawful from lawless acts was a common practice - though not necessarily one that gunfighters were eager to publicize. (Submitted on December 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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