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By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
Big Horn Mountains Marker
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Big Horn Mountains
The high country backdrop on top of the Big Horn Mountains encompasses much of the Cloud Peak Wilderness area. This 195,000 acre area was designated as wilderness by Congress in 1984. The highest point in the wilderness area is Cloud . . . — Map (db m87714) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Bozeman Trail
Marked by the State of Wyoming 1865 John Bozeman Killed by Indians on Yellowstone 1867 — Map (db m85994) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Bozeman's Trail: A Versatile Travel Corridor
Travel along the Bozeman Trail began in 1863 as miners carrying their supplies on packhorses or in wagons, headed toward the gold fields. Compared to other available methods and road of travel, this route was a shortcut to Virginia City. . . . — Map (db m91532) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Buffalo
Near the base of the Bighorn mountain range, the City of Buffalo was founded in 1879 after the end of the Indian War Campaigns. Buffalo originally serviced soldiers from Fort McKinney located 3 miles south on the Bozeman Trail. In the years that . . . — Map (db m97939) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Buffalo and the Bighorn Mountains
The landforms dominating the western horizon are the result of geologic events taking place over 2.7 billion years. The major mountain building episode, which formed the Bighorns, began around 65 million years ago. This uplift resulted in the . . . — Map (db m97938) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Conflict at the Crossing
On July 21(sic), 1866, five officers, three women, several children and ten enlisted men of the 18th Infantry came under attack from Lakota Indians as they approached CrazyWoman Creek in wagons and ambulances. Lieutenants George Templeton and . . . — Map (db m91534) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Father DeSmet
Father DeSmet S.J. Here 1840 Erected 1940 — Map (db m91497) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Fort McKinney
First known as Cantonment Reno, For McKinney was established in 1876 on the Powder River near present-day Jaycee. In 1877, the Fort was renamed for Lieutenant John McKinney, who died during the Dull Knife Battle in 1876. The Fort's presence . . . — Map (db m91498) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — High Side Freight Wagon
Before you is the “eighteen wheeler” of the 1860s. It could haul 2000 lbs. to 5000 lbs. of weight depending on the grades of the trail. This model of the wagon was powered by oxen. Anywhere from 3 yokes (a yoke being two oxen) . . . — Map (db m87708) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Homesteader Cabin
This cabin was moved here from the George Schreibeis ranch on the Tongue River. Its made of hand hewn cottonwood logs. As you can see the cabin builder was not a practiced log home builder. He used the materials that were readily available . . . — Map (db m87712) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Homesteading and the Jenkins Family
This marker is in the form of a timeline. The left to right timeline is presented here from top to bottom. Jenkins Family History is in italics text. Homesteading History is in normal text. History Milestones are in bold text. 1862: . . . — Map (db m92236) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Johnson County Courthouse
Buffalo, Wyoming, the Johnson County seat, chartered March 3, 1884, started as a trading center for Fort McKinney, located two miles west of town, which was founded July 18, 1887 and is now the Veterans' Home of Wyoming. The court house was . . . — Map (db m91499) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Johnson County War Memorial
In Honor of the Men and Women of Johnson County, Wyoming who served in the Armed Forces of the United States in times of War... an in memory of those who gave their lives for Our Country Spanish-American War 1898 - . . . — Map (db m91500) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Lieut. N.P. Daniels, U.S.A.
To the Glory of God and in memory of Lieut. N.P. Daniels, U.S.A. Sergt. Terrell, U.S.A. Killed On this Spot July 20th 1866, by Sioux Indians — Map (db m91533) HM WM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Living on the Edge Sculptor: D. Michael Thomas
An independent cowboy, or small rancher, brands a calf on the open range. Surprised at his work, he turns to see a rider from a large cattle outfit galloping threateningly toward him.

Small ranchers, like this cowboy, rode south from Buffalo on . . . — Map (db m51697) HM

Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Nate Champion's Diary
Me and Nick was getting breakfast when the attack took place. Two men with us - Bill Jones and another man. The old man went after water and did not come back. His friend went out to see what was the matter and he did not come back. Nick started out . . . — Map (db m91502) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Nate Champion's Last Run
In the exciting history of the Johnson County Cattle War, no one is held in higher esteem than Nathan D. Champion. His last stand at the K C Ranch, where Kaycee, WY is now located, on April 9, 1892 pitted him against 50 well-armed Invaders. He . . . — Map (db m121905) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Occidental Hotel Est. 1878
The National Register of Histroic Places Wyoming Place No. 176 Downtown Historic District

Historic Hotels of America National Trust for Historic Preservation — Map (db m45546) HM

Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Powder River Country
From this point in any direction is Powder River Country. Twelve thousand years ago. the rich grassland and abundant wildlife attracted Native American hunters into the area. As the United States expanded, commerce and conflict occurred. The . . . — Map (db m91531) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — TA Ranch
Wyoming in the 1880s was an open range controlled by cattle kings. Blaming rustlers for cattle losses was popular among powerful stockgrowers. Although rustling was a problem, there was also concern about the influx of small operators who used . . . — Map (db m91560) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — The Legend of Crazy Woman
Two legends give rise to the name of Crazy Woman Creek. Both are based on tragic events. In one, a young woman is left alone after and attack on her village. She lived in a squalid wickiup and on a moonlit nights could be seen leaping from rock to . . . — Map (db m91537) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Tisdale Divide
Wyoming in the 1880s was an open range controlled by cattle kings. Some of the powerful stockgrowers thought rustling was a problem, but others were just as concerned about the influx of small operators who used government land grants which . . . — Map (db m91559) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Buffalo — Veteran's Home of Wyoming War Memorials
Fort McKinney 1877-1894 Veterans Home 1903 — Map (db m97959) WM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Kaycee — “We live like the prairie dogs that surround us”
This could have been said by a member of the Cantonment Reno garrison. Cantonment means temporary, and this definitely described the conditions here. Construction began in the fall of 1876, and because of the approaching winter, dugouts and cabins . . . — Map (db m97940) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Kaycee — Cantonment Reno Supplied the 1876 Indian Campaign.
The year was 1876. Armies marched from every direction of the compass to confront Native Americans in the Powder River Country. One command under General George Crook marched three times that year from Fort Fetterman to the Powder River and points . . . — Map (db m97942) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Kaycee — Chris Lee LeDoux
October 2, 1948 - March 9, 2005 The boot print in the concrete entering the park are from Chris' boots. They were placed there to welcome all to a good place to reflect and relax, "Enjoy the ride." Born in Biloxi, MS on October 2, 1948, . . . — Map (db m91588) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Kaycee — Nate Champion and Nick Rae
In the early 1890's, a series of localized conflicts characterized by competition for resources, accusations of cattle rustling, and issues of cattle management broke into a shooting conflict in Johnson County in 1892. Large cattle owners, . . . — Map (db m91577) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Kaycee — Powder River Country
From this point in any direction is Powder River Country. Twelve thousand years ago. the rich grassland and abundant wildlife attracted Native American hunters into the area. As the United States expanded, commerce and conflict occurred. The . . . — Map (db m91575) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Kaycee — Ranching on the Powder River
From the top of the Big Horn Mountains on the west to the Pumpkin Buttes on the east, this area evolved with grazing animals, from bison and other wildlife hunted by nomadic Indians, to the vast herds of cattle brought in by foreign investors in the . . . — Map (db m91576) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Kaycee — Taming the Powder River: The First Bridge
A raging wall of water in the spring and a mud wallow in the fall, the Powder River could halt a wagon train for days. The first attempt to temper the river was made by the post trader who construction a wood toll bridge. This was quickly washed out . . . — Map (db m97941) HM
Wyoming (Johnson County), Kaycee — The Dull Knife Battle
In the months following Custer's defeat at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, a group of Native American members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe left their allies along the Little Big Horn River and traveled south to encamp for the winter. Led by . . . — Map (db m91561) HM

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