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Near Elk Mountain in Carbon County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Fort Halleck

 
 
Fort Halleck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
1. Fort Halleck Marker
Caption: Fort Halleck was established in 1862 at the foot of Elk Mountain in Wyoming. The Fort was abandoned in 1866. Original picture in State Historical Department.
Inscription. Established July 20, 1962. Located west of the Medicine Bow River at the north base of Elk Mountain. The site was selected by and the post built under the command of Major John O'Ferrall, 11th Ohio Cavalry. It was established to protect the Overland Trail, the Denver-Salt Lake stage route, and the telegraph line from the Indians. Named for Major General Henry W. Halleck. Abandoned on July 4, 1866. The military reservation was transferred to the Interior Department on October, 11, 1886.

Dedicated to the men of the 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. F. Mahannah is but one of the many stationed at Fort Halleck, 1862-1865. His name is one of many found carved in the nearby bluffs.
 
Location. 41° 41.934′ N, 106° 31.386′ W. Marker is near Elk Mountain, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker is on Rattlesnake Pass Road near Interstate 80. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elk Mountain WY 82324, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Overland Trail (approx. 6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The remnants of Fort Halleck, the blacksmith shop, are located on Elk Mountain Ranch. The ranch, which is private property, is approximately
Fort Halleck blacksmith shop and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
2. Fort Halleck blacksmith shop and Marker
4 miles west on Rattlesnake Pass Road from Interstate 80 Exit 255. Permission is require to enter the property.


The marker is 'home-made' and contains several artifacts and a depiction of F. Mahannah's name found carved on a nearby bluff.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Halleck - Overland Trail. Fort Halleck, Wyoming, was established in 1862 to protect the Overland Trail Stage Line from continuing Indian problems. The site chosen in a gap on the north side of Elk Mountain at an elevation of about 7300 feet, was near a spring with plenty of wood for cooking and heating. The fort was located in the midst of some of the most beautiful tall grass meadows along the trail, abounding with large herds of elk, deer and antelope. The fort complex was quite substantial, consisting of stables large enough to hold 200 horses, storehouses, two sets of company quarters, officers' quarters, a store, bake house, jail and hospital. (Submitted on June 22, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Fort Halleck blacksmith shop, interior image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
3. Fort Halleck blacksmith shop, interior
Fort Halleck image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
4. Fort Halleck
The National Register of Historic Places
Wyoming Place No. 40
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 22, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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