The Fort Kearny Sawmills

The Fort Kearny Sawmills (HM1N9N)

Location: Banner, WY 82832 Johnson County
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N 44° 31.965', W 106° 49.653'

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Before you lies the frame of a LANE & BODLEY sawmill. This was one of two steam-driven sawmills brought west for Colonel Carrington's command. The sawmills were used to cut lumber into boards for construction of buildings, furniture and other items. Logs were also edged for stockade construction or cut up for firewood.The sawmills had an extensive history at the fort. One was initially located at the fort while the other was located at the Piney Island wood-cutting area in present-day story. (A third mill, horse powered, was broken and never set up.) Both mills were eventually set up near the fort where the steam whistle was used to sound Indian alarms. One mill was burned by Indians and although it was never rebuilt at this fort, its parts were transferred to Fort C. F. Smith for use there.The two steam sawmills were 25 and 15 horsepower, the more powerful one built to run two saws. Although initially poorly managed and maintained, the sawmill eventually produced over 400,000 board feet of lumber for post construction. Close examination of the frame shows numerous repairs including cold chisel cuts, babbiting and wrought iron welds.
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Date Added Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 354794 N 4932671
Decimal Degrees44.53275000, -106.82755000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 31.965', W 106° 49.653'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 31' 57.9" N, 106° 49' 39.18" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 528 Wagon Box Rd, Banner WY 82832, US
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