Sweetwater Station Historical

Sweetwater Station Historical (HM1SZW)

Location: Lander, WY 82520 Fremont County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 32.671', W 108° 11.309'

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The modern burg of Sweetwater Station is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 287 and State Route 135 in central Wyoming along the Sweetwater River. It is a place of scenic beauty and historic significance. Prehistoric groups camped along the Sweetwater River for over 12,000 years. Archaeological sites with pithouses dating from 5000-7000 years ago were found near Split Rock and Jeffrey City to the east. The Oregon/Mormon Trail passed just to the south and includes what is called the sixth crossing of the Sweetwater River. At this crossing in October 1856 the Willie Handcart Company was stranded in a blizzard until rescued by their Mormon brethren sent by Brigham Young from Salt Lake City. In the late 1800s the Rawlins to Fort Washakie Road was established as a stage and wagon freight route. It passed just to the north of Sweetwater Station. This road was designated the Chief Washakie Trail in honor of the great chief of the Wind River Reservation. Washakie was instrumental in establishing this road and the tribe under his command organized its own freight teams and wagons to move goods and people from Rawlins to the reservation. From this point north along Highway 135 you can see the spectacular escarpment of Beaver Rim, which contains 65 million years of sedimentary formations. Below Beaver Rim is the Wind River Basin in which the town
of Riverton and a portion of the Wind River Reservation are located.
Placed ByWyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources
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Date Added Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 730855 N 4714067
Decimal Degrees42.54451667, -108.18848333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 32.671', W 108° 11.309'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 32' 40.26" N, 108° 11' 18.54" W
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Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near WY-135, Lander WY 82520, US
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