Tie Hack Memorial Historical

Tie Hack Memorial Historical (HM1TER)

Location: Dubois, WY 82513 Fremont County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 38.796', W 109° 55.584'

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Railroads and the West

Hacked and Stacked

Ties were made from trees hacked and cut by hand...hence the name "tie hack." Tie hacks were a special breed of loggers who could quickly fell, limb a tree, and fashion the tie down to the specification demanded.
A horse and wagon hauled the ties out. Cutting was done in the winter because it was easier to strip off bark and drag ties over the snow.

Floating to Riverton

In the early days, ties were delivered to the railroad by floating them down the Wind River on the annual "long walk to Riverton."
This walk took place just after the Wind River peaked in spring runoff so the ties would move swiftly downstream, but it was dangerous and difficult.

A Lost Art

Tie drives and tie hacks disappeared being replaced by gas powered sawmills, sawyers, cutters, and skitters that pulled the logs to a mill.
Railroads closed as the trucking industry flourished and gasoline was cheap. With no market for railroad ties, the business died.

This memorial reminds us of the hard working men and their families whose sweat and toil contributed to the first transcontinental railroad linking our country from coast to coast.
Placed By Shoshone National Forest
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Date Added Monday, August 1st, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 586584 N 4833182
Decimal Degrees43.64660000, -109.92640000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 38.796', W 109° 55.584'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 38' 47.76" N, 109° 55' 35.04" 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 3791-3821 US-287, Dubois WY 82513, US
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