Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Richard Bridge and Military Complex
John Richard (Reshaw) constructed a toll bridge in 1852-53 to offer a crossing for the Oregon/California/Mormon Trail emigrants. On November 2, 1855, members of the 4th Artillery, 6th Infantry, and 10th Infantry arrived at the Richard trading post and established a military camp. In January, 1856, the camp became known as Fort Clay. From February through June the name was changed to Camp Davis. Special Order No. 9 on March 6, 1856, directed the garrison to ”…protect the bridge and other interests in that part of the country.” The camp at Richard Bridge was abandoned in November of 1856.
The area was again garrisoned by members of the 4th Artillery in July, 1858 when they established Post at Platte Bridge. The post was informally called Camp Payne by the troops and was abandoned in April, 1859. The next time troops were garrisoned in this area, they located at Fort Caspar near Guinard’s Bridge.
Erected by Natrona County Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 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. The Mormons (here, next to this marker); Pony Express (here, next to this marker); Bridger and Bozeman Trails (here, next to this marker); Oregon/California/Mormon Trails (here, next to this marker); Ranching in Wyoming (a few steps from this marker); Military Explorers (a few steps from this marker); Goose Egg Ranch (a few steps from this marker); Robert Stuart Cabin Site (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. • Bridges & Viaducts • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 25, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.