Spring Creek Raid Historical

Spring Creek Raid Historical (HM1UFA)

Location: Ten Sleep, WY 82442 Washakie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 57.327', W 107° 23.292'

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April 2nd, 1909

Cattlemen of the Big Horn Basin dominated the range for many years and set up boundaries or "deadlines" where sheep were forbidden. Fierce animosity grew between the opposing sheep and cattle ranchers as several sheep camps were raided during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
In late March, 1909, Joe Allemand, a French sheepman, and Joe Emge, a cattleman turned sheepman, left Worland headed for Spring Creek with 5000 head of sheep. They were accompanied by Allemand's nephew, Jules Lazier, and two sheepherders, Bounce Helmer and Pete Cafferal. Talk spread like wildfire across the western slope of the Big Horn Mountains as the deadline was crossed and plans were soon made to head off this intrusion.
On the moonlit night of April 2, 1909, seven masked riders approached the sheep camp's two wagons where the herders slept. Gunfire lit the night as rifles blazed. Emge and Lazier were killed in their wagon and both wagons were set afire. Allemand emerged from the flames, but was quickly shot down.
The monument on this side of the road is situated at the site of the south wagon. The monument on the north side of Spring Creek is near the location of the wagon where the sheepmen were killed. Five of the perpetrators were convicted and sent to prison. Public reaction against this brutal and tragic act left no doubt that violence
on Wyoming's open range would no longer be tolerated.
Placed ByWyoming State Historic Preservation Office
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Date Added Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 308382 N 4869697
Decimal Degrees43.95545000, -107.38820000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 57.327', W 107° 23.292'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 57' 19.62" N, 107° 23' 17.52" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3420-3460 WY-434, Ten Sleep WY 82442, US
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