The Fort Pierre-Fort Laramie Trail

The Fort Pierre-Fort Laramie Trail (HM2FP)

Location: Chadron, NE 69337 Dawes County
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N 42° 50.08', W 103° 4.02'

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From about 1837 until 1850, more than a quarter million buffalo robes bought from Indians and 27 tons of fur company trade goods were hauled over the 300 mile long Fort Pierre-Fort Laramie Trail that followed the White River through this area. First used by the American Fur Company, the trail had its origin as part of an earlier Spanish trade route from Santa Fe to the Missouri River in present South Dakota. During the 1840s the Fort Pierre-Fort Laramie Trail was the shortest overland connection between trading posts on the Platte and steamboats plying the Missouri.

After the government purchased Fort Laramie in 1849, Colonel Aeneas Mackay and Captain Stewart Van Vliet with ten mounted riflemen traveled the trail to Fort Pierre. General William S. Harney's troops marched over the route in 1855, and the trail was mapped by Lt. G. K. Warren of his staff. Small traders and government freighters continued to use portions of the trail until the 1880s. Ruts from the passage of thousands of carts and wagons can still be seen in several places between Fort Laramie and Fort Robinson.
HM NumberHM2FP
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number304
Placed ByNebraska State Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 6:53am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 657979 N 4744267
Decimal Degrees42.83466667, -103.06700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 50.08', W 103° 4.02'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 50' 4.80" N, 103° 4' 1.20" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10420 US-385, Chadron NE 69337, US
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