Browse Articles about Transportation
|Lincoln Highway in Wyoming||John Clayton|
|Little Sandy Creek, Oregon Trail crossing of||WyoHistory.org|
|Lombard Ferry on the Green River||Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office|
|Lovejoy, Elmer||Phil Roberts|
|Magill, Ada, Oregon Trail grave of||WyoHistory.org|
|Medicine Bow Peak, plane crash into, 1955||Thaddeus Mast|
|Mexican Hill, Oregon-California Trail site||Randy Brown|
|Mormon ferry, North Platte River||WyoHistory.org|
|Names Hill, Oregon Trail Inscription Site||WyoHistory.org|
|Narrows, The, Oregon Trail landmark on the Sweetwater River||WyoHistory.org|
Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express: Fame, Truth and Inventing the West
Buffalo Bill Cody supposedly was just 14 when he made his thrilling, 322-mile ride for the Pony Express. In fact, it never happened. The staying power of the story, though, shows a great deal about the fiction-fact mix that makes Wyoming and the West what they are today.
Oil Seeps and Axle Grease: Petroleum Sales on the Emigrant Trails
The Notorious Blizzard of 1949
In January 1949, a massive blizzard rocketed through central and southeastern Wyoming and nearby states killing 76 people and tens of thousands of animals and leaving memories in its wake that are still vivid more than 65 years later.
Crossing the New Fork River
Emigrants bound for Oregon or California in the 1860s on the government-built Lander Trail faced serious dangers crossing the New Fork River, as they usually had to do so at high water. Recently the site has been developed into an attractive historical park in Sublette County in western Wyoming.
Lombard Ferry on the Green River
Mountain men established a ferry across the Green River in 1843. Mormons bought it in 1850, when it became known as the Green River Mormon Ferry. Tens of thousands of emigrants crossed the river here. When William Lombard took over the business in 1889, it became known as the Lombard Ferry.
Devil’s Gate on the Sweetwater River became an important landmark for emigrants on the Oregon/California/Mormon trails. Trader Charles Lajeunesse ran a post there in the 1850s, not long before a Mormon handcart company sought shelter from a blizzard at nearby Matins Cove. Later, the famous Sun Ranch was headquartered there for 125 years.
The Tongue River Tie Flume
From 1893-1913, the Tongue River Tie Flume carried 2 million railroad ties from the Bighorn Mountains to the Burlington Railroad. Ties moved at high speed down 38 miles of flumes across trestles and through tunnels in canyon walls. Workers’ camps were large mountain villages with schools and blacksmith shops.
The Bridger Trail: A Safer Route to Montana Gold
In 1864, Jim Bridger blazed a trail to the Montana gold fields. It stayed west of the Bighorn Mountains to avoid trouble with Indian tribes. Wagons traveled the full route only that year, but in later decades it became an important way into the Bighorn Basin for white settlers.
Coal Slurry: an Idea that Came and Went
The highly controversial ETSI coal slurry pipeline, proposed in the 1970s to move millions of tons coal from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin to power plants Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, was never built, due to falling 1980s energy prices and stiff opposition from railroad companies.