Taming the Powder River: The First Bridge Historical

Taming the Powder River: The First Bridge Historical (HM1UGW)

Location: Kaycee, WY 82639 Johnson County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 46.926', W 106° 16.086'

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A raging wall of water in the spring and a mud wallow in the fall, the Powder River could halt a wagon train for days. The first attempt to temper the river was made by the post trader who construction a wood toll bridge. This was quickly washed out by the spring floods. In March of 1877, the military began a new bridge. Construction was supervised by a master mechanic from Cantonment Reno and completed on April 6, 1877. On the east side of the bridge, the community of Powder River grew up. It consisted of a store, stage stop, and post office. The bridge lasted until it was stranded by the meandering river in 1884.
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Placed ByBureau of Land Management
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 397959 N 4848453
Decimal Degrees43.78210000, -106.26810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 46.926', W 106° 16.086'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 46' 55.56" N, 106° 16' 5.16" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Lower Sussex Rd, Kaycee WY 82639, US
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