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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lusk, Wyoming
Location of Lusk, Wyoming
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|In 1874, the U.S. Army discovered gold in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The resulting gold rush required a stage line that could carry gold from the remote mining town of Deadwood, Dakota Territory, to Cheyenne, a commercial center on the Union . . . — — Map (db m98260) HM|
|The Dreaded Crossing
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 . . . — — Map (db m98257) HM|
|Rawhide Buttes in front of you is an island habitat within the shortgrass prairie. Because the Buttes contain forest habitat, they support different species of wildlife than the surrounding prairie. Elk, deer, turkeys, bobcats and mountain lions are . . . — — Map (db m98301) HM|
|Here you stand on the Cheyenne-Deadwood Trail over which freight wagons and stagecoaches traveled between Cheyenne and the Black Hills gold mining area from 1876 to 1877. One of these stages may be seen in the Lusk museum. The nearby monument is at . . . — — Map (db m98291) HM|
|The Cheyenne River drainage system has been the locus of human activity for thousands of years. Native Americans used the corridor in search of wild game and wild plants resources. When gold was discovered in the Black Hills in 1875, miners, . . . — — Map (db m98259) HM|
|In Memory of
Pioneer of the West, Indian fighter, veteran stage driver.
Born at Pottsville, Pa. Dec. 24, 1830
Died at Willow, Wyo. Dec. 24, 1915 Buried here
"A good man whose life was filled with striving . . . — — Map (db m98299) HM|
| 1876 - 1887
In memory of the pioneers who operated the stage line and those who traveled the old Cheyenne-Deadwood Trail
Erected on the site of the Old Fort Hat Creek by... — Map (db m98261) HM|
| Although paved highways have existed in the U.S. since the 1920s, rest areas are a more recent feature of highway travel. In the 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson and First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson promoted a nationwide effort to beautify highways . . . — — Map (db m98300) HM|
|First in the Nation
Interested residents of Wyoming have long been marking, preserving, and protecting its important historic sites. Groups such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Wyoming Oregon Trail Commission, inspired . . . — — Map (db m98286) HM|
|Here lies Mother Featherlegs Shepard. So called, as in her ruffled pantalettes she looked like a feather-legged chicken in a high wind. She was a road house ma'am. An outlaw confederate, she was murdered by "Dangerous Dick Davis The Terrapin" in . . . — — Map (db m98303) HM|
|Front from oldest building in Lusk owned by Ellis Johnson. Originally at townsite of Silvercliff 1886. Log part of this building is from Rawhide Butte Stage Station. — — Map (db m98310) HM|
|Rawhide Buttes, visible west of this point, once served as a favorite camping spot for Indians and fur trappers. Several different tales explain the origin of the name. One account holds that this locale served as a departure point from which . . . — — Map (db m98304) HM|
|This Redwood Water Tank was built by the Wyoming Central Railway in 1886. It was first filled by a windmill, then by other types of pumps. It stored water for the steam engines that pulled the trains. It is one of only six remaining in the nation. . . . — — Map (db m41961) HM|
|Redwood Water Tank was built to furnish water for the Fremont, Elkhorn, Missouri Valley Railroad steam engines. This line which was part of the Northwestern Line and later became the Chicago Northwestern Railroad that came to Lusk on July 13, 1886. . . . — — Map (db m98289) HM|
|"Vast seas of grass as far as the eye can see", wrote the migrants traveling west in the 1840s. Before the plowing of "America's bread basket" native grassland prairies made up more than 500 million acres in the central region of the U.S. and . . . — — Map (db m98258) HM|
|Along this trail passed herds of cattle from distant Texas to replace in Wyoming and Montana the fast vanishing buffalo and build civilization on the northwestern plains — — Map (db m98285) HM|
|By the standards of the petroleum industry, the C & H Refinery is tiny, but placed in the light of history, that small enterprise illustrates the enormous transformation of the oil business. In the late nineteenth century, a multitude of small oil . . . — — Map (db m119960) HM|