Near Lusk in Niobrara County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Along the Cheyenne to Deadwood Stage: Robber's Roost
Along the Cheyenne-Deadwood stage route, stories still are told of outlaws and buried gold. Bandits haunted the Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage line during the gold boom that began in Deadwood in 1876. By the end of 1877, gold seekers had removed more than ten million dollars worth of gold from the Deadwood area, much of it being transported on the week;y "treasure" runs to Cheyenne by stage.
Located at the Cheyenne River crossing near here, Robber's Roost was a station of the Cheyenne and Black Hills Stage and Express Company. Built in 1877 on a new shortcut, the crossing was the spot most dreaded by stage drivers: steep riverbanks slowed the coaches to a crawl and provided concealment from which lurking road agents could watch the approach of their intended victims. According to legend, Robber's Roost station was burned by Indians.
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A Robbery at the Roost
In September, 1878, near here, station agent D. Boone May and John Zimmerman surprised desperadoes in the act of robbing the southbound coach. The outlaws opened fire and on of them, Frank Towle, was fatally wounded. Outnumbered, May and Zimmerman escorted the cash to safety and the outlaws make their escape. Towle was buried by is companions. May later found the grave, removed Towle's head and
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Location. 43° 22.758′ N, 104° 13.266′ W. Marker is near Lusk, Wyoming, in Niobrara County. Marker is at the intersection of CanAm Highway (U.S. 86) and U.S. 18, on the left when traveling south on CanAm Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lusk WY 82225, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stewards of the Grassland Prairies (a few steps from this marker); Cows, Wildlife and Gold (within shouting distance of this marker).
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Mule Creek Junction Rest area on U.S. Highway 85, half-way between Newcastle and Lusk, Wyoming.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.