Horseshoe Creek Station

Horseshoe Creek Station (HM1QF0)

Location: Glendo, WY 82213 Platte County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 28.284', W 105° 1.662'

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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 eastern United States and from around the world stopped here.
Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints realized the importance of a dependable mail and passenger service between the east and the Salt Lake Valley. The Church-operated Brigham Young Express and Carrying Company (BYX) constructed the Horseshoe Creek Station complex in 1856, beginning a new community.
Tensions between the U.S. government and the Church reached a point that in 1857 a U.S. Military expedition was mounted to replace the Utah Territorial Governor Brigham Young. While accounts of the event vary, the Horseshoe Creek Station site fell victim to the violence and was set ablaze. In August. 1857 BYX disbanded its stations between Fort Laramie and Salt Lake City.
The station complex was later rebuilt and other operators, including the short-lived Pony Express, used the station for several years. In December 1866 John "Portugee" Phillips stopped at the Horseshoe Creek Station during his legendary 235-mile ride through a blizzard from Fort Phil Kearny to Fort Laramie to telegraph the military that troops were surrounded by hostile Sioux and Cheyenne warriors and needed assistance.
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HM NumberHM1QF0
Series This marker is part of the Pony Express National Historic Trail series
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Placed ByWyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
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Date Added Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 497722 N 4702117
Decimal Degrees42.47140000, -105.02770000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 28.284', W 105° 1.662'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 28' 17.04" N, 105° 1' 39.72" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1267 WY-319, Glendo WY 82213, US
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