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The Trails (Part I, II and III) - Cheyenne, WY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 41° 09.440 W 104° 50.017
13T E 513959 N 4556235
Quick Description: A series of three historic markers that explain the various trails which lead to the settlement of Cheyenne and the area. They are located in a park near Frontier Days museum.
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 12/14/2014 4:05:37 PM
Waymark Code: WMN2QC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69
Views: 2

Long Description:
This series of three markers which explain the history of the various trails that brought settlers to the Cheyenne area.

The Trails (Part I) Growing of the West -- this plaque explores the challenges of settling (terrain, weather, other indigenous peoples). Trails cited include the Oregon Trail, California Trail, Mormon Pioneer Trail, Trapper's Trail, Cherokee Trail and Bozeman Trail.


The Trails (Part II) Stage and Mail Routes -- This sign explores the various stage routes that would bring settlers and businesspeople to the area. The signs discusses the challenges and hardships of stage travel. The Cheyenne-Deadwood Route, Denver-Ft. Laramie Route, Central Overland and Pony Express Route are detailed on this plaque.

The Trails (Part III) Cattle Trails -- This sign explores the trails used to drive cattle from pasture to either northern summer pasture or the railroad terminals to get the beef to the eastern and western coasts of the US and world. Cattle were driven from Texas or Mexico to the railroad hub in Cheyenne (xxx miles!). Trails highlighted include Goodnight-Loving Trail, Texas (also called Western) Trail, Porter-Blocker T[r]ail, Military Trails and other trails across Wyoming.

If so inclined, there are tours businesses that operate wagon train tours (visit link) .

(visit link) for more thorough information on the trails in Wyoming.
Road of Trail Name: Several (see long description)

State: Wyoming

County: USA

Historical Significance:
Brought settlers to the American west under the guise of 'Manifest Destiny' that allowed for the development of the land and slaughter of the indigenous peoples.


Years in use: 20-30 years

How you discovered it:
Visiting the Cheyenne Frontier Days area in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


Website Explination:
http://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/trails-across-wyoming-oregon-mormon-pioneer-and-california-routes


Why?:
Why - To find new opportunities, homestead, avoid the law, explore. Where - the American west Goods - Tools, wire, nails, clothing, perishables, books, etc. Yes, several stage roads (see above)


Directions:
In the park adjacent to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum and Gift Shoppe. Lots of free parking and other historic signs as well as sculptures.


Book on Wagon Road or Trial: Not listed

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