Site of Fort Thompson or Camp Magraw Historical

Site of Fort Thompson or Camp Magraw Historical (HM1TA8)

Location: Lander, WY 82520 Fremont County
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N 42° 51.102', W 108° 41.766'

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In 1856 the United States Congress appropriated money to build the central division of the Fort Kearney-South Pass-Honey Lake Wagon Road from Nebraska to California. W.M.F. Magraw was appointed superintendent by the Secretary of the Interior. He was later removed for mismanagement and replaced by W.F. Lander, who staked a new route known as the Lander Cutoff from Gilbert Station, or Burnt Ranch, to City Rocks, Idaho. Winter of 1857-58 overtook the workers at St. Mary's Station on the Oregon Trail. Frank Lowe, guide, led them to this location for winter quarters, officially named Fort Thompson, in honor of the incumbent U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Old timers called it Camp Magraw. The settlement above here, first known as Push Root, was renamed Lander by Lowe, in honor of his friend.
HM NumberHM1TA8
Year Placed1965
Placed ByWyoming State Archives and Historical Department and the Wyoming State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 688241 N 4746921
Decimal Degrees42.85170000, -108.69610000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 51.102', W 108° 41.766'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 51' 6.12" N, 108° 41' 45.96" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8335 WY-789, Lander WY 82520, US
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