Canyon Springs Station: Historical

Canyon Springs Station: Historical (HM1UMX)

Location: Newcastle, WY 82701 Weston County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 4.65', W 104° 8.268'

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Site of the “Treasure Run” Stage Robbery

Outlaws haunted the Cheyenne - Deadwood Stage Line during the gold boom in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. By the end of 1877, gold seekers had mined more than ten million dollars worth of gold from the Black Hills, which the stage companies were desperate to protect. In 1877, the Cheyenne - Deadwood stage company purchased a "salamander" iron safe and installed it in one of their stages. The manufacturer's warranty claimed that it could not be opened in less than six days without knowledge of the combination. This specially outfitted stage made weekly "treasure runs" to Cheyenne.
On the afternoon of 26 September 1878, a band of outlaws rode into Canyon Springs Station, locked the stable hand in the grain room, hid in the barn, and prepared for a shootout. The stage pulled into the ambush, and was attacked while the horse team was being changed. As bullets flew, one passenger died while two guards and two outlaws were wounded. The outlaws seized the stagecoach and drove it into the trees, where they cracked the uncrackable safe and made off with over $27,000 in gold bullion, currency, and jewelry (approximately $1.75 million in 2010. Forty percent of the gold was never recovered - according to local legend it is buried somewhere nearby.
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HM NumberHM1UMX
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Placed ByWyoming State Historic Preservation Office
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 569036 N 4880842
Decimal Degrees44.07750000, -104.13780000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 4.65', W 104° 8.268'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 4' 39" N, 104° 8' 16.08" W
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Area Code(s)307, 605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-85, Newcastle WY 82701, US
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