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Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Military Explorers

 
 
Military Explorers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
1. Military Explorers Marker
Inscription. John C. Fremont, the “Pathfinder”, was born in 1813 and explored a large portion of central Wyoming including the Casper area. He made an independent survey to the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming in 1842, and the 13,743’ Fremont Peak of the Wind Rivers is named in his honor. Fremont tried unsuccessfully to navigate the North Platte River through a canyon southwest of Casper in August of 1842. The boat capsized, resulting in the loss of important mapping equipment, journals, registers, maps and supplies. Subsequently, he received the dubious honor of having this area come to be known as Fremont Canyon. Through the recommendation of Fremont, the government purchased and garrisoned Ft. Laramie in 1849.
Benjamin L.E. Bonneville passed this point in the summer of 1832 during the exploration of the central Rockies. Bonneville, an American soldier, was born in France in 1796 and served with the 7th U.S. Infantry. In 1832 he led an expedition of 110 men and 20 wagons along the North Platte River, thus becoming the first to take wagons through South Pass. In 1833 he found an oil seep at Dallas Dome near present day Lander, Wyoming. The drilling of the No. 1 Murphy well in 1884 kicked off the production of oil in Wyoming.
 
Erected by Natrona County Historical Society.
 
Location.
Markers on the Wyoming History Walk in Centennial Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
2. Markers on the Wyoming History Walk in Centennial Park
42° 50.173′ N, 106° 22.311′ W. Marker is in Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker can be reached from Fort Caspar Road near Herold Street, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4000 Fort Caspar Road, Casper WY 82604, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oregon/California/Mormon Trails (here, next to this marker); Robert Stuart Cabin Site (here, next to this marker); The Mormons (here, next to this marker); Indians Of Wyoming (here, next to this marker); Richard Bridge and Military Complex (a few steps from this marker); Pony Express (a few steps from this marker); Bridger and Bozeman Trails (a few steps from this marker); Ranching in Wyoming (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Casper.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Wyoming history walk in Centennial Park, which is adjacent to the Fort Caspar Museum and shares the parking lot.
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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