Forts, Stations, and Camps -- OT Ruts State Historic Site nr Guernsey WY
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N 42° 15.363 W 104° 44.908
13T E 520747 N 4678236
A series of six brown historical markers next to each other along the trail from the parking lot to the trail ruts -- this is 2nd of 6, and the first of a set of two markers on the same subject.
Waymark Code: WMK1X8
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 01/31/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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This second of six historical markers is located along the very short trail from the parking lot to the trail ruts at the OT Ruts State Historic Site near Guernsey WY. It was placed by the US Army to explain the establishment of US Army Forts, Camps, and Stations along the Oregon Trail. This is the first of the two markers in this subset.

For more, see here (visit link)

The marker reads as follows:


There were four forts, numerous stations, and camps along the Oregon-California-Mormon Trails in Wyoming during the mid-1800s. In 1849, Fort Laramie was specifically established to protect emigrants travelling west. The post was abandoned on March 2, 1890. Fort Clay was established October 1855 and redesignated Camp Davis February 1856. Fort Bridger was purchased in 1858 and closed November 6, 1890.
Fort Casper was originally established in May 1862, and named Platte Bridge Station. It was designated a fort November 21, 1856 and was officially abandoned October 19, 1867.

Most military camps and stations were established near Pacific Telegraph stations located near rivers, creeks, and springs. The soldiers at those stations were responsible for protecting emigrants, delivering mail, protecting and repairing the telegraph line. All stations were constructed by the 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Regiment from 1862 two 1864. Buildings were constructed of logs or sought and had dirt or wood floors. All stations had enclosed corrals. Tents were also used for housing.

Camp Marshall, had wood buildings and was located just east of La Bonte Creek Station. It was established by E Company, 2nd Battalion in 1864. Named after Capt. Levi G Marshall, the camp was officially abandoned in the spring of 1866.

Camp Dodge was established April 1865 by the 11th Kansas volunteer Cavalry Regiment, 4 miles east of Platte Bridge Station, on present-day Garden Creek, Casper Wyoming. It was composed of tents. The camp was abandoned in June 1865." [end of 1st of 2 markers]
Marker Name: Forts, Stations, and Camps

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Addtional Information:

Group Responsible for Placement: US Army reserve, WY State Historic Preservation office and others

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

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