Chugwater in Platte County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Cheyenne - Black Hills Trail
established March 18. 1876
Abandoned September, 1887
Russell Thorpe, Owner
Erected 1937 by Historical Landmark Commission of Wyoming.
Location. 41° 45.348′ N, 104° 49.374′ W. Marker is in Chugwater, Wyoming, in Platte County. Marker is on 1st Street (Ty Road, Chugwater Highway) (Business Interstate 25) near Clay Street (County Route 313), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 1st Street, Chugwater WY 82210, United States of America.
Also see . . . Chugwater, Wyoming. Some historians hold that the name "Chugwater" is derived from a Mandan account of a bison hunt. According to this narrative, a chief was disabled during the hunt and his son took charge of the hunt or "buffalo jump". Under his direction, hunters drove the bison over nearby cliffs; when the animals reached the ground below, a sound of "chugging" was heard by the hunters. The story concludes with an etymology: since a stream was near the base of the cliffs, the site of the stampede has been called "the place" or "water at the place where the buffalo chug.". (Submitted on January 9, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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