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By Barry Swackhamer, September 19, 2015
Chugwater Marker
Wyoming (Platte County), Chugwater — Chugwater
On 1st Street (Ty Road, Chugwater Highway) (Business Interstate 25) near Clay Street (County Route 313), on the left when traveling south.
Division stage station Cheyenne - Black Hills Trail established March 18. 1876 Abandoned September, 1887 Russell Thorpe, Owner — Map (db m92132) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Chugwater — Little Bear Stage Station
On I-25 Service Road (Old Highway 87) (at milepost 8.2) near Kimmo Road (County Route 120), on the right when traveling north.
Cheyenne, Ft. Laramie, Deadwood Trail, 1867-1887, started from Camp Carlin and Ft. D.A. Russell on the west edge of Cheyenne. This road first ran to Ft. Laramie and in 1876 was extended to Deadwood, Dakota Territory, and the Black Hills gold . . . — Map (db m92134) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Glendo — Horseshoe Creek Pony Express Station
On South Glendo Highway (State Highway 319), on the right when traveling south.
530 yards south east of this monument on the Oregon Trail was the site of Horseshoe Creek Pony Express and U.S. Military telegraph and stage station built in 1860. — Map (db m92130) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Glendo — Horseshoe Creek Station
On South Glendo Highway (State Highway 319), on the right when traveling south.
During the 1850s and 1860s, wagon freighters fed and watered mules and oxen, exchanged tired stagecoach horses for fresh ones, and conducted other tasks at the historic Horseshoe Creek Station near here. A nearly endless stream of emigrants from the . . . — Map (db m92129) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Glendo — Oregon Trail
On Esterbrook Ridge Road near Foy Road, on the right when traveling east.
Marked by the State of Wyoming 1913 — Map (db m92128) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — "Million Dollar Biffy"
On Castle Drive near Skyline Drive, on the right when traveling south.
This massive sandstone and log latrine was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. The structure is 21 feet wide and 42 feet long although it looks larger because of the masses of rock at the corners. The workmen jokingly named . . . — Map (db m98401) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Brimmer Point
On Brimmer Point Drive near Castle Drive, on the left when traveling south.
This overlook sits high above the reservoir providing the visitor a panoramic view of the park. It was named for George E. Brimmer, attorney, philanthropist and staunch supporter of Wyoming’s State Parks. Construction of this structure must have . . . — Map (db m98411) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Centre Star Station
On unnamed road near South Guernsey Road, on the left when traveling east.
Vertical on the stake XP / Centre Star / Station Site/ Pony Express / Trail 1860 - 1861 Small plaque mounted on the stake Dedicated 2004 AKA Ward’s Station Nine Mile House - Sand Point - Adolph’s Sponsored by: Jim . . . — Map (db m79803) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Civilian Conservation Corps
On Castle Drive at Brimmer Point Drive, on the right when traveling north on Castle Drive.
During the Depression years, under the New Deal program, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Emergency Conservation Work program (later known as the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC) to employ people in large public works projects. In . . . — Map (db m98413) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Encampments in the Guernsey Area
Near Lucinda Rollins Road near South Guernsey Road, on the left when traveling west.
By wagon, encampments in the Guernsey area, are a day's trek from Fort Laramie. Emigrants had three choices of camp sites in the Guernsey area: Register Cliff, Warm Springs or Cold Springs, the farthest encampment. Lieutenant John C. Fremont's . . . — Map (db m85773) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Firewood & Cool Water
On Wendover Road at Cottonwood Road, on the left when traveling north on Wendover Road.
Called Bitter Cottonwood Creek because of the groves of cottonwood trees growing there, this location was a welcome relief for emigrant pioneers as they traveled along the relatively treeless road to the west in the 1840s, 50s, & 60s. Many pioneer . . . — Map (db m98377) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Fort Laramie
On S Wyoming Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
This sighting device points to the crest of a ridge separating the North Platte and Laramie Rivers. Directly down the opposite slope, on the banks of the Laramie about a mile above the confluence of the streams, stands Fort Laramie. It is about . . . — Map (db m86933) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Forts, Stations, and Camps
Near Lucinda Rollins Road near South Guernsey Road, on the left when traveling west.
Two plaque, under the same name, described military forts and stations on the Wyoming's Platte River section of the Oregon Trail. Panel 1:
There were four forts, numerous stations, and camps along the Oregon-California-Mormon . . . — Map (db m85769) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Grave of Lucindy Rollins
On unnamed road near South Guernsey Road, on the right when traveling west.
Grave of Lucindy Rollins 1849 - 1934 Dedicated to the Pioneer Women of Wyoming Erected by the Historical Landmark Commission of Wyoming — Map (db m79831) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Guernsey – Frederick Ranch
On S Wyoming Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
The sight centers on the headquarters buildings of the Guernsey-Frederick Ranch. That these building stand almost in the shadow of Register Cliff is symbolic of the valley’s heritage. Here, history emphasizes the Oregon Trail; such other epochs as . . . — Map (db m86944) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Guernsey Pipeline Station
On S Wyoming Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
This sight points to the Guernsey Pipeline Station, jointly owned by the Platte Pipeline Company, the American Oil Company and the Continental Oil Company. Most of the structures under view were built in 1952 although, owing to the river’s . . . — Map (db m86954) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Guernsey State Park Museum
Near Museum Road (State Highway 317) near Lake Side Driver.
The Guernsey State Park Museum is the most impressive log and stone building in the park. The massive structure is the result of Civilian Conservation Corps* construction. Most of the material for the museum was crafted by hand. The roof is framed . . . — Map (db m98399) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Guernsey Tunnel No. 2
On Skyline Driver at Newell Drive, on the right when traveling west on Skyline Driver.
“Instead of going around the mountains, we went through them…” (Guernsey Gazette, December 3, 1915) Tunnel No. 2 on the Guernsey-Wendover Cutoff was located directly beneath this highway bridge. Over 1,900 feet long, it was the . . . — Map (db m98422) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Guernsey War Memorial
On East Whalen Street (U.S. 26) at South Dakota Avenu on East Whalen Street.
In memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in defense of their country in World War II Simeon Albert • Edgar A . Beal • Arthur L. Birieffi • Joseph N. Bowman • Frank L. Covington • Marvin Holcomb • Leland L. Lane • Charles M. Mathews . . . — Map (db m79806) WM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Historic Guernsey Area
On East Whalen Street (U.S. 26) at South Dakota Avenue, on the left when traveling west on East Whalen Street.
Platted and established by the Lincoln Land Company of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, Guernsey garners its name from Charles A. Guernsey, noted legislator, rancher, and investor in early Wyoming. The historic Guernsey area . . . — Map (db m79807) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Laramie Peak
On S Wyoming Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
The sight points to Laramie Peak, altitude 10,247 feet, the highest elevation in the Laramie Range. These mountains were originally called the Black Hills, a name derived from the dark appearance of their evergreen forests as noted from far to the . . . — Map (db m86943) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Lock and Roll Down a Rocky Road
On U.S. 26 near Wyoming Highway 270, on the left when traveling west.
The historic Oregon Trail descends from the benchlands across the valley to the river bottom below. Brigham Young’s 1847 Company of Mormon Pioneers crossed the south side of the North Platte River near Fort Laramie to follow the Oregon Trail past . . . — Map (db m79834) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Mexican Hill
On S Wyoming Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
Spotted through the right-hand sight is Mexican Hill. At Mexican Hill the covered wagon emigrants, having turned into the fort on the Laramie River for information, supplies or repairs, cut over the intervening ridge to regain the Platte River . . . — Map (db m86931) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — North Platte River
On U.S. 26.
North Platte River: Gateway Corridor Currents of History Travel Alongside the North Platte River Routes along the river originally used by Native Americans were later adopted by fur traders. Beginning as a trickle, waves . . . — Map (db m79839) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — North Platte River
On S Wyoming Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
In 1739 the brothers Pierre and Paul Mallet, earliest explorers along this river’s lower course, named it after the French word for flat. Although the sighting tube aims at a wide, strong-flowing current, the North Platte is not navigable. It is . . . — Map (db m86937) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Oregon Trail
Near East Whalen Street (U.S. 26) near South Dakota Avenue, on the left when traveling west.
. . . — Map (db m79833) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Oregon Trail
On Wendover Road near Miller Road, on the right when traveling west.
Marked by the State of Wyoming 1913 — Map (db m98376) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Oregon Trail
On Wendover Road at Cottonwood Road, on the right when traveling west on Wendover Road.
At this point the Oregon Trail crossed. — Map (db m98378) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Oregon Trail Memorial
Near S Guernsey Road, on the left when traveling south.
Dedicated to the pioneers of Wyoming Register Cliff acquired by the State of Wyoming through gift of the Henry Frederick family 1932 — Map (db m86926) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Oregon Trail RutsRegistered National Historic Landmark
Wagon wheels cut solid rock, carving a memorial to Empire Builders. what manner of men and beasts impelled conveyances weighting on those griding wheels? Look! A line of shadows crossing boundless wilderness. Foremost, nimble mules drawing . . . — Map (db m5748) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Oregon Trail Ruts
Near Lucinda Rollins Road, on the right when traveling south.
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States. U.S. Department . . . — Map (db m86924) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic SiteThe Trail West — A Difficult Journey —
Near Lucinda Rollins Road near South Guernsey Road, on the left when traveling west.
Three panels are found at the Park Kiosk near the parking lot. The Trail West During the mid-1800s, more than 500,000 pioneers journeyed west. Never more than a rocky, rutted trail, the road west began in Missouri, crossing . . . — Map (db m85924) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Register Cliff
The wayfarer's penchant for inscribing names and dates on prominent landmarks excites the interest of his descendants. Regrettably, marks of historic value are often effaced by later opportunists. Along the Oregon Trail, famed transcontinental . . . — Map (db m5749) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Register Cliff State Historic Site
On unnamed road near South Guernsey Road.
Three panels are located at the Register Cliff State Historic Site kiosk. Register Cliff State Historic Site West of Register Cliff the landscape changes, presenting new challenges for the emigrants. Limited water and rugged . . . — Map (db m79836) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Register Cliffs
On S Wyoming Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
Register Cliff stands in plain view after it is singled out by the sighting device. This natural landmark, enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places, is a developed area with parking and rest facilities, foot trails and informative . . . — Map (db m86939) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Rifle Pit HillCold Springs Camping Ground
On U.S. 26 near Wendover Road, on the right when traveling west.
Rock quarries, visible from several points near this location, were used beginning in 1849 to supply stone and lime for construction projects at Fort Laramie, about 15 miles east. Workers in the quarries were protected by soldiers stationed in . . . — Map (db m85753) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — Sand Point
On S Wyoming Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
A monument marking Sand Point appears as a white dot in the center of the sight. Sand deposits caused by currents at a bend in the river evidently gave the site its name. The surrounding meadows have been favorite campsites since prehistoric time. . . . — Map (db m86941) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — The Burlington – Northern Railroad
On S Wyoming Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
Pointed out by the sight, Burlington-Northern tracks are in close view. That railroad’s forerunner, the Burlington and Missouri, laid rails up the North Platte Valley in 1900. With a view to eventually reaching the Pacific, the company surveyed . . . — Map (db m86948) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — The Castle
On Castle Drive near Skyline Drive, on the left when traveling north.
The Castle is the largest and most complex picnic shelter in Guernsey State Park. Although the shelter looks like a stronghold, it is easily accessible. The log and stone structure was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the . . . — Map (db m98400) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — The Guernsey-Wendover Cutoff
On Skyline Drive near Newell Drive, on the left when traveling west.
“The most expensive nine miles of the Burlington system” (Guernsey Gazette, December 3, 1915) Before Guernsey Reservoir was constructed in 1927, and before Lake Guernsey State Park was developed for recreation in the 1930s, a . . . — Map (db m98423) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — The Oregon Trail1841
On U.S. 26, on the left when traveling east.
Cold Spring camping ground. Rifle pits on brow of hill 500 feet north. Erected by the Historical Landmark Commission of Wyoming 1943Map (db m86711) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — The United States Army and the Oregon Trail
Near Lucinda Rollins Road near South Guernsey Road, on the left when traveling west.
The U.S. Army's Role in Protecting the Oregon Trail in Wyoming 1842 to 1870 Lieutenant John C. Fremont led an expedition west in 1842 to map a route to Oregon Territory. The scout, Kit Carson, guided the expedition. Lieutenant . . . — Map (db m85771) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Guernsey — The US Army’s Role in Protecting the Oregon Trail is Best Described by the Soldiers
Near Lucinda Rollins Road near South Guernsey Road, on the left when traveling west.
Three plaques, under the same title, describe how the U.S. Army protected immigrants on the Oregon Trail. Panel 1: “If it is in contemplation to keep open communications with Oregon Territory, a show of military force in this . . . — Map (db m85766) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Hartville — HartvilleEst. 1887
On Hartville Highway (State Highway 270) at Gambell Street, on the left when traveling north on Hartville Highway.
The Town of Hartville was named for Col. Verling Hart stationed at old Ft. Laramie in the late 1870's when Wyoming was still a territory. The town site of 200 acres was purchased from the Federal Government for $250.00. President Theodore Roosevelt . . . — Map (db m98375) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Wheatland — Jacques La Ramie
On North Wheatland Highway (State Highway 320 at milepost 4.5) at East Laramie River Road on North Wheatland Highway.
In Honor of Jacques La Ramie Free trapper, who came to this region around 1815 and met an unknown fate, probably at the hands of Indians, about 1820, on one of the rivers bearing his name between which this . . . — Map (db m92131) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Wheatland — Laramie Peak
Near U.S. 26 at Interstate 25, on the right when traveling west.
As you journey through Wyoming, you are one of the countless travelers who has looked out to the west and seen the granite rising of Laramie Peak. Near Scottsbluff, Nebraska, approximately 80 miles east of Dwyer Junction, emigrants witnessed their . . . — Map (db m98380) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Wheatland — Open Spaces Sustained by AgricultureWyoming’s Agriculture
On Interstate 26 at U.S. 26, on the left when traveling south on Interstate 26.
      Welcome to Platte County Wyoming. Laramie Peak frames the western backdrop of a landscape that includes the Oregon Trail and Register Cliff where thousands of Pioneers left their mark. Today these open spaces are sustained by agricultural . . . — Map (db m89158) HM
Wyoming (Platte County), Wheatland — Wildlife DiversityWyoming’s Wildlife
On Interstate 25 at U.S. 26, on the left when traveling south on Interstate 25.
      The Laramie Mountains provide a striking contrast for those traveling through the primarily flat to rolling prairies of southeastern Wyoming. Mountains are important to wildlife in Wyoming. As you go up in elevation, the average annual . . . — Map (db m89160) HM

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