Newcastle in Weston County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Trains Power Newcastle
Development of northeastern Wyoming came quickly on the heels of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, or the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe as it is known today. The Burlington's Grand Island and Northern Wyoming line steamed into Newcastle on November 17, 1889.
The newly created town became the western terminus of the tracks when construction was suspended for the winter. As a railroad division point, Newcastle quickly became a central hub for oil, coal, timber, and livestock interests.
By 1900, 756 people lived in Newcastle, most of them railroad workers, and miners. The population continued to climb, and by 1950, 3,395 people called the town home.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Burlington and Missouri River Rail Road Company
1882 - Built from Missouri River to Denver
Grand Island and Wyoming Central Railroad
1886 - Built from Grand Island, NE to Wyoming border
Grand Island and Northern Wyoming Railroad
1888 - Built
Sending the Word Out
The first depot was a "hand car house" unloaded off a construction flatcar the day before the first passenger train arrived. E.R. Maris became the operator of the newly installed telegraph lines in 1890. He sent out the message that the town of Newcastle, Territory of Wyoming now had railroad connections.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Location. 43° 51.245′ N, 104° 12.353′ W. Marker is in Newcastle, Wyoming, in Weston County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 16) and South Railroad Avenue, on the left when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 West Main Street, Newcastle WY 82701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cambria Powers the Trains (here, next to this marker); Hanging of Diamond L. Slim Clifton (within shouting distance of this marker); Accidental Oil Well (approx. 3.9 miles away); Cambria (approx. 4½ miles away); Site of Field City (approx. 4.6 miles away); Salt Creek Overlook (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Jenney Stockade (approx. 4.9 miles away); Camp Jenney (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newcastle.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars •
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