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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Buffalo, Wyoming

Clickable Map of Johnson County, Wyoming and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Johnson County, WY (39) Big Horn County, WY (41) Campbell County, WY (14) Converse County, WY (40) Natrona County, WY (100) Sheridan County, WY (103) Washakie County, WY (17)  JohnsonCounty(39) Johnson County (39)  BigHornCounty(41) Big Horn County (41)  CampbellCounty(14) Campbell County (14)  ConverseCounty(40) Converse County (40)  NatronaCounty(100) Natrona County (100)  SheridanCounty(103) Sheridan County (103)  WashakieCounty(17) Washakie County (17)
Buffalo is the county seat for Johnson County
Buffalo is in Johnson County
      Johnson County (39)  
      Big Horn County (41)  
      Campbell County (14)  
      Converse County (40)  
      Natrona County (100)  
      Sheridan County (103)  
      Washakie County (17)  
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1 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
2 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Bozeman Trail
Marked by the State of Wyoming 1865 John Bozeman Killed by Indians on Yellowstone 1867Map (db m85994) HM
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Crazy Woman Story
There are several stories surrounding the Crazy Woman legend. The most enduring involves the Crow Indian Tribe, the early traders and a woman who goes mad following a tragedy that was inflicted upon her family. She was left alone to survive in the . . . Map (db m228721) HM
8 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Early Johnson County
The heritage of the Basque people runs deep in the history of Johnson County. Coming from a mountainous agrarian culture in an area of the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain, they took to the open range of Wyoming, bringing colorful . . . Map (db m229094) HM
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9 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Father DeSmet
Father DeSmet S.J. Here 1840 Erected 1940 Map (db m91497) HM
10 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
11 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Greenbelt Trail–Klondike Access — Welcome to the Clear Creek Trail System —
The Greenbelt trail was the first city trail developed in what is now referred to as the Clear Creek Trail System. The Buffalo Greenbelt Park in which this trail is located was provided to the City of Buffalo by the U.S. Bureau of Land . . . Map (db m244225) HM
12 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Heritage Mall
As a local project to mark the 200th anniversary of the United States, this "Heritage Mall" was built across Clear Creek in 1976 as a reminder of national and local pioneers responsible for our freedoms and way of life. The Bicentennial Committee . . . Map (db m244197) HM
13 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — High Side Freight Wagon
      Before you is the “eighteen wheeler” of the 1860’s. 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
14 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Historic Buffalo, WyomingDates of Interest in Buffalo History — Welcome to the Clear Creek Trail System —
1869 - Occidental Hotel established as a tent in its present location alongside Clear Creek 1879 - First buildings constructed in what is now Buffalo      - Postal service established in Buffalo by President Hayes . . . Map (db m244120) HM
15 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Homesteader Cabin
      This cabin was moved here from the George Schreibeis ranch on the Tongue River. It’s 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
16 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
17 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
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18 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
19 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
20 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Living on the EdgeSculptor: 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 m225252) HM
21 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Loaf Mountain Overlook
Since 1932 the area before you has been managed by the Forest Service as the Cloud Peak Primitive Area. In the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984, Congress established the Cloud Peak Wilderness. The mountain peaks before you are within the 189,039 acre . . . Map (db m153228) HM
22 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
23 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
24 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Occidental HotelEst. 1878
The National Register of Historic Places Wyoming Place No. 176 Downtown Historic DistrictHistoric Hotels of America National Trust for Historic PreservationMap (db m45546) HM
25 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Pelloux Bridge
Pelloux Bridge was constructed in 1912 so that the Pelloux, Watt, Kumor & Belus kids could get to school on time. It was moved from its original location at Kumor Road over Clear Creek to its present location in 1986.Map (db m244079) HM
26 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
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27 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
28 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 an attack on her village. She lived in a squalid wickiup and on moonlit nights could be seen leaping from rock to rock . . . Map (db m225247) HM
29 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
30 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Veteran's Home of Wyoming War Memorials
Fort McKinney 1877-1894 Veterans Home 1903Map (db m97959) WM
31 Wyoming, Johnson County, Buffalo — Washington Park Trailhead — Welcome to the Clear Creek Trail System —
Known previously as Victory Park, this city park was rededicated in a national celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Through an act of Congress in 1924, the United States George Washington Bicentennial . . . Map (db m243737) HM
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Apr. 23, 2024