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Historical Markers in Bessemer Bend, Wyoming

 
Clickable Map of Natrona County, Wyoming and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Natrona County, WY (100) Carbon County, WY (60) Converse County, WY (38) Fremont County, WY (111) Johnson County, WY (32) Washakie County, WY (17)  NatronaCounty(100) Natrona County (100)  CarbonCounty(60) Carbon County (60)  ConverseCounty(38) Converse County (38)  FremontCounty(111) Fremont County (111)  JohnsonCounty(32) Johnson County (32)  WashakieCounty(17) Washakie County (17)
Casper is the county seat for Natrona County
Bessemer Bend is in Natrona County
      Natrona County (100)  
ADJACENT TO NATRONA COUNTY
      Carbon County (60)  
      Converse County (38)  
      Fremont County (111)  
      Johnson County (32)  
      Washakie County (17)  
 
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1Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — "History Is Not Obvious"
From the moment humans first saw these red buttes, an enduring memory and sense of place was created. Gone for centuries now are the aboriginal people that hunted bison on the plains around you, and trappers that ventured here seeking beaver, mink, . . . Map (db m91980) HM
2Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — A Look Back
Daunting to some, invigorating to others, the view from here gave emigrants a sense of the dramatic beauty and grand scale of the West. Many pioneers, tired after having climbed four hundred feet above Willow Springs, were humbled by this panorama. . . . Map (db m95598) HM
3Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — And On the Horizon...
"Sunday Jun 15. Traveled 25 miles, about one mile from the springs is Prospect Hill. It is a delightful view, and here you can see the range of Sweet water mountains..." Excerpt from the 1851 journal of Amelia Hadley in Covered Wagon . . . Map (db m95597) HM
4Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Battle of Red Buttes
Commemorating Battle of Red Buttes which occurred across North Platte River July 26, 1865 Erected by Headquarters 2d, Corps Area United States Army which reenacted the battle at Governor's Island N.Y. June 21, and 22, . . . Map (db m170504) HM
5Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — First Among Many
Throughout history, humans have followed river banks in search of resources to support commerce. Rivers made possible the exploration and mapping of North America. Major waterways served as trade routes for native peoples, corridors for European . . . Map (db m91949) HM
6Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Lure of the West
The eighteenth century brought competition among Spain, France, England and the fledgling Unites States for control of North America. Domain over the continent's rivers, seaports, forests, rich soils, and wildlife resources was key to the growth of . . . Map (db m95596) HM
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7Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Marking Their Progress
Many travelers along the Oregon, California, and Mormon Pioneer trails relied on maps and reports made by explorers or guides who knew the way. William Clayton provided early emigrants with a detailed written record of his travels. As a member of . . . Map (db m91950) HM
8Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Marking Their Progress
Many travelers along the Oregon, California, and Mormon Pioneer trail relied on maps and reports made by explorers or guides who knew the way. William Clayton provided early emigrants with a detailed written record of his travels. As a member of . . . Map (db m95600) HM
9Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Queen City of the West
Bessemer (1888-1892) was one of many small towns that grew quickly in late nineteenth century Wyoming. Early explorers and traders had discovered crude oil seeping to the surface of the ground in this area. One nearby oil spring drew the attention . . . Map (db m91990) HM
10Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Ranching Takes Its Place
Permanent settlers began claiming this region by the late 1870s, at the end of the Plains Indian wars. The nearby Goose Egg Ranch dates to 1877 when the Searight Brothers Cattle Company trailed more than 20,000 head of cattle into Wyoming Territory. . . . Map (db m91979) HM
11Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Red Buttes
of Oregon Trail fame, where westward travelers left the North Platte River. A Tribute to Pioneer Emigrants from Casper Literary Club 1930 Map (db m91946) HM
12Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Reluctant Farewells
In this location wagons, carts, livestock, and emigrants forded the North Platte River during organized migrations through the Rocky Mountain West. Congressional prodding to occupy the Oregon Territory in the early 1840s, and the lure of fertile, . . . Map (db m91971) HM
13Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Science Visits the West
Field exploration by scientists in the late 1800s illuminated the American West. One of the most charismatic of these men was Dr. Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden. Born in 1828 in Massachusetts and trained as a physician, Dr. Hayden first journeyed to the . . . Map (db m91976) HM
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14Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Shape of the Future
The eighteenth century saw competition for control of North America among Spain, France, England, and the fledgling United States. Following a forty-year period of wars, treaties, territorial purchases, and establishment of trading posts, the future . . . Map (db m91947) HM
15Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — The Oregon Trail1841
Oregon Trail approximately four miles north, on bend of North Platte visible to the north. Robert Stuart in 1812 erected the first white man's cabin in Wyoming.Map (db m164363) HM
16Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Willow SpringsWillow Springs Pony Express Station
After the last crossing of the North Platte River in the present Casper area, twenty to twenty-five miles east of here, wagons followed the Oregon-California Trail entered a dry, dreary alkali area where fresh water was scarce. Willow Springs was . . . Map (db m95592) HM
17Wyoming (Natrona County), Bessemer Bend — Witnessing the Past
Around this loop trail you can learn more about this place called Bessemer Bend. Consider the history that has unfolded around you, and match each numbered site on the map above with the event described below. 1. Ten thousand years ago nomadic . . . Map (db m91948) HM
 
 
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Nov. 29, 2022