Steptoe's Military Camp, Godbe's Smelter
Posted by: JacobBarlow
N 40° 25.425 W 112° 22.909
12T E 382779 N 4475707
Quick Description: A detachment of the U.S. Army, the first to enter the Rocky Mountain Region, from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, under command of Col. E.J. Steptoe, reached this point September 2, 1854....
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 8/23/2007 12:00:03 PM
Waymark Code: WM229F
Long Description:(Visit Link)
(At spring 700 feet S.W.) A detachment of the U.S. Army, the first to enter the Rocky Mountain Region, consisting of two companies of artillery, 85 dragoons, 130 teamsters, herders and hostlers from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, under command of Col. E.J. Steptoe, reached this point September 2, 1854. They erected quarters, stables and corrals, cut 200 cords of wood and stored 200 tons of hay for their 450 mules and 300 horses. The camp was located on the east shore of Lake Shambip (Rush Lake). The detachment left for Benecia, California, in early April, 1855. An Overland Stage Station was located here from 1868 to the early 1870's. Wm. S. Godbe's Chicago Ore smelter was erected here in 1871 and operated until about 1880. The town was known as Slagtown. The present line of the Union Pacific Railroad reached here in 1902.
Marker Name: Steptoe's Military Camp, Godbe's Smelter
Marker Type: Roadside
vic. S Hwy. 36, m mark 45.5
4 m.S Tooele, W side of Hwy. 36, mile marker 45.5
Group Responsible for Placement: Trails & Landmarks
Date Dedicated: 8/20/1941
Marker Number: 97
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