Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Old Fort Caspar
Originally known to trappers and explorers (1830-1847) as Upper Crossing of the North Platte River, it became the Mormon Ferry in 1847. Guinard built a bridge here in 1858, and troops from Platte Bridge Station guarded the telegraph line and protected emigrants on the “Oregon Trail”. July 26, 1865, the station was attacked by hordes of Indians. Lt. Caspar Collins led an heroic attempt to rescue Sgt. Custardís wagon train, but sacrificed his life in aiding a fallen soldier. The station was renamed “Fort Caspar” in his honor. Abandoned in 1867, the fort and bridge were burned by Indians. The old fort was restored on its original foundations in 1936.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 42° 50.189′ N, 106° 22.228′ W. Marker was in Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker was on Fort Caspar Road when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 4001 Fort Caspar Road, Casper WY 82604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of Platte Bridge Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Red Buttes (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Pioneer Military Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle at Platte Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Fort Casper (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oregon Trail (about 300 feet away); Mormon Pioneer Trail (about 300 feet away); The Pony Express (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Casper.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Fort Caspar Museum and Visitors Center.
Also see . . . Fort Caspar Site History - City of Caspar. A factor in the decline of Fort Casper was the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad and with it a new transcontinental telegraph line. It reached Cheyenne in the fall of 1867 and would soon spell the end of organized migration along the Oregon/California/Mormon Pioneer Trail corridor. (Submitted on December 17, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 8, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 17, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.