Cows, Wildlife and Gold Historical

Cows, Wildlife and Gold Historical (HM1UQA)

Location: Lusk, WY 82225 Niobrara County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 22.729', W 104° 13.258'

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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, gamblers, freighters and road agents were among those following the Cheyenne-Deadwood road through this area. Stage coaches carried gold to the railroads in Cheyenne and brought passengers back. Robber's Roost, a creek crossing a few miles north of Mule Creek Junction, was a favorite spot for hold-ps. General George Crook and his men camped nearby on the Cheyenne River in June 1876 during the Powder River Campaign while Custer waged his battle on the Little Big Horn.

In the 1870s and 80's thousands of cattle came, later followed by thousands of sheep - most of them trailed from Cheyenne. Ranches were built up in the late 1870s and 1880s. A few of them remain in the same family today. The Cheyenne River and its tributaries have water sources for pioneers, livestock, wildlife, and the irrigation of alfalfa fields.

Today most of the sheep are gone. Longhorn cattle were replaced by Herefords, and later my mostly Angus cattle. The short nutritious grasses of the area feed some of the best beef animals in the world. Calves are moved from these prairies in the fall to become beef for this
nation and the world. Hunters come from throughout America to harvest the pronghorn antelope and mule deer made abundant by the rancher's development of water and pasture.
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HM NumberHM1UQA
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Placed ByWyoming Fish and Game Department
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 563106 N 4803177
Decimal Degrees43.37881667, -104.22096667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 22.729', W 104° 13.258'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 22' 43.74" N, 104° 13' 15.48" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-18, Lusk WY 82225, US
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