Near Bessemer Bend in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Shape of the Future
"Much of this vast waste of territory belongs to the Republic of the Unites States... She should assert her claim by taking possession of the whole territory as soon as possible - for we have good reason to suppose that the territory west of the mountain will some day be equally as important to a nation as that of the east." (Excerpt from Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard, 1939)
Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery was tasked with exploring from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Missouri River and beyond, opening wide doors of knowledge at the dawn of the nineteenth century. In the wake of overland expeditions by trappers and explorers, the first wagon companies organized for California and Oregon set out along the Platte River in 1841 and 1843. Mormon Pioneers bound for the Great Salt Lake followed in 1847.
The Pony Express carried
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Location. 42° 46.444′ N, 106° 31.835′ W. Marker is near Bessemer Bend, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker is on Bessemer Bend Road (County Route 308) near Speas Road (County Route 311), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14456 Bessemer Bend Road, Casper WY 82604, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Witnessing the Past (here, next to this marker); Red Buttes (within shouting distance of this marker); Ranching Takes Its Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Queen City of the West (within shouting distance of this marker); Marking Their Progress (within shouting distance of this marker); First Among Many (within shouting distance of this marker); "History Is Not Obvious" (within shouting distance of this marker); Science Visits the West (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bessemer Bend.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Bureau of Land Management's Bessemer Bend Historic Site.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.