Lathrop Hills

Lathrop Hills (HM1SKZ)

Location: Hillsdale, WY 82060 Laramie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 12.736', W 104° 28.713'

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Surveyor for the First Transcontinental Railroad

— Killed by Indians —

On June 11, 1867, Lathrop Hills led a party of surveyors up the nearby Lodgepole Creek, staking out the location for the Union Pacific Railroad, the first transcontinental railroad. Hills was riding out in front of the group when he was attacked by Indians and killed. Within minutes his men drove off the Indians and later reported they found 19 arrow wounds in this body. He was 35. Hills' work lived after him. By November 14, 1867, the tracklayers had reached Cheyenne and 18 months later a golden spike was driven at Promontory, Utah, completing the first railroad connection between the East and West and opening millions of acres for settlement. The railroad reduced travel time from the six months required by wagon train to five days from Omaha to San Francisco.
Placed ByState of Wyoming
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Date Added Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 543713 N 4562452
Decimal Degrees41.21226667, -104.47855000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 12.736', W 104° 28.713'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 12' 44.16" N, 104° 28' 42.78" W
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Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1476-1478 Coates Ave, Hillsdale WY 82060, US
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