Old Fort Caspar

Old Fort Caspar (HM1Q3S)

Location: Casper, WY 82604 Natrona County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 50.189', W 106° 22.228'

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Originally known to trappers and explorers (1830-1847) as Upper Crossing of the North Platte River, it became the Mormon Ferry in 1847. Guinard built a bridge here in 1858, and troops from Platte Bridge Station guarded the telegraph line and protected emigrants on the "Oregon Trail". July 26, 1865, the station was attacked by hordes of Indians. Lt. Caspar Collins led an heroic attempt to rescue Sgt. Custard's wagon train, but sacrificed his life in aiding a fallen soldier. The station was renamed "Fort Caspar" in his honor. Abandoned in 1867 ,the fort and bridge were burned by Indians. The old fort was restored on its original foundations in 1936.
HM NumberHM1Q3S
Placed ByWyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, December 17th, 2015 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees42.83648333, -106.37046667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 50.189', W 106° 22.228'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 50' 11.34" N, 106° 22' 13.68" W
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Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16 Fort Caspar Rd, Casper WY 82604, US
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