Hillsdale in Laramie County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Surveyor for the First Transcontinental Railroad
—Killed by Indians —
Hills' work lived after him. By November 14, 1867, the tracklayers had reached Cheyenne and 18 months later a golden spike was driven at Promontory, Utah, completing the first railroad connection between the East and West and opening millions of acres for settlement. The railroad reduced travel time from the six months required by wagon train to five days from Omaha to San Francisco.
Erected by State of Wyoming.
Location. 41° 12.736′ N, 104° 28.713′ W. Marker is in Hillsdale, Wyoming, in Laramie County. Marker is on Coates Avenue near Main Street (County Route 215A), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1478 Coates Avenue, Hillsdale WY 82060, United States of America.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 13, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.