South Pass City: Wyoming's Biggest Gold Boom and Bust

South Pass City: Wyoming's Biggest Gold Boom and Bust (HM1IR7)

Location: Lander, WY 82520 Fremont County
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N 42° 28.479', W 108° 47.826'

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Emigrant travelers on their way west likely discovered small amounts of gold in the 1840's, but it took until 1868 for the first mining claims to be staked. Word of the new gold rush spread and the summer of 1868 brought an influx of people from every corner of the globe to partake in the bonanza. A torrent of mining activity followed for the next several years. In 1869 South Pass City, with perhaps 3,000 people, was Wyoming Territory's second largest town.
Every boom ends, and by the early 1870's, the local mining district collectively known as the Sweetwater mines, had passed their zenith. A small handful of hardy hangers-on remained in South Pass City through the years. Later booms, fueled by outside investment capital, kept the embers of civilized living and a connection with the larger world aglow. Today, South Pass City is among Wyoming's smallest continuously inhabited towns and is also home to its largest State Historic Site.
HM NumberHM1IR7
Placed ByHistorical Landmark Commission of Wyoming
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Date Added Saturday, January 10th, 2015 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 681080 N 4704829
Decimal Degrees42.47465000, -108.79710000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 28.479', W 108° 47.826'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 28' 28.74" N, 108° 47' 49.56" 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 148 S Pass City Rd, Lander WY 82520, US
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