Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail

Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (HM19M1)

Location: Lander, WY 82520 Fremont County
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N 42° 31.506', W 108° 45.542'

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The Historic Mine Trail and Byway Program designated the Gold Flakes to Yellowstone Historic Mine Trail in 2005. This trail links significant finds of gold, iron ore, and uranium, each of which played important roles in Wyoming's history.

The Gold Flakes Region
Gold found at the Carissa lode in 1867 set off a rush, Wyoming's largest, to the South Pass region. The towns of Miners Delight and Atlantic City sprouted to support the miners. The gold quickly played out, and most people eventually moved on, leaving behind shells of the boom towns that once existed. In addition to gold, the highest open pit iron ore mine in the United States operated in the region from 1962 until 1984.

The Yellowcake Region
A stampede of prospectors followed the initial 1953 discovery of uranium in the Gas Hills by Neil M. McNeice (Lucky Mc). The boom that followed transformed the community Home on the Range, a gas station and post office, into thriving Jeffrey City. But with every boom comes a bust; the mining operations drastically dwindled and the streets of Jeffrey City emptied by 1988.
HM NumberHM19M1
Placed ByWyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 10:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 684062 N 4710513
Decimal Degrees42.52510000, -108.75903333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 31.506', W 108° 45.542'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 31' 30.36" N, 108° 45' 32.52" W
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Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 123 Dickinson Ave, Lander WY 82520, US
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