Ranching in Wyoming

Ranching in Wyoming (HM1Q7A)

Location: Casper, WY 82604 Natrona County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 50.172', W 106° 22.326'

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From Wyoming's very beginnings and with the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, the livestock industry was anticipated to secure a viable ecumenic base for the new territory. Most of the territory consisted of rangeland where buffalo heard has lived for centuries on the vast prairies. by the late 1870's these grass-eating animals has bee slaughtered close to extinction. The vast stretches of prairie were now open for cattle and sheep ranching operations. With eastern and foreign investors supplying the money and the railroads providing transportation for the eastern market, only the labor to work the cattle was needed. That labor was supplied by the cowboy. Since the dawn of the American cowboy, 20th century literature, music, and arts has helped make the cowboy an American folk hero.

Although the cowboy often receives more attention, the sheep industry has been a part of Wyoming history since territorial days. Following the cattleman's lead, vast numbers of sheep began competing with cattle for the valuable range land. This completion for the open range between cattlemen and sheepmen erupted with violence by the turn of the century. This conflict continued until the range wars stopped in 1909. The state's leading industry by 1908-1910 was wool production. Today cattle and sheep graze side by side on many ranches in Wyoming. and the conflict between cattlemen and sheepmen is only a remembrance of Wyoming's frontier past.
HM NumberHM1Q7A
Placed ByNatrona County Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, December 25th, 2015 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 387864 N 4743538
Decimal Degrees42.83620000, -106.37210000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 50.172', W 106° 22.326'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 50' 10.32" N, 106° 22' 19.56" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16-20 Fort Caspar Rd, Casper WY 82604, US
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