Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
In October of 1856 Natrona Countyís greatest tragedy began at what is now Bessemer Bend and continued to Martinís cove near Devilís Gate. The sixth Mormon Handcart Company, under Captain Edward Martin, struggled through an early Wyoming blizzard. Over 135 persons perished in this 50 mile stretch.
Of handcart travel, Chislettís narrative states, “Many a father pulled his cart, with his little children on it, until the day preceding his death. I have seen some pull their carts in the morning, give out during the day, and die before the next morning.”
Erected by Natrona County Historical Society.
Location. 42° 50.173′ N, 106° 22.316′ W. Marker is in Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker can be reached from Fort Caspar Road near Herold Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard Bridge and Military Complex (here, next to this marker); Oregon/California/Mormon Trails (here, next to this marker); Military Explorers (here, next to this marker); Pony Express (here, next to this marker); Bridger and Bozeman Trails (a few steps from this marker); Robert Stuart Cabin Site (a few steps from this marker); Ranching in Wyoming (a few steps from this marker); Indians Of 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.
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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 221 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.