Wyoming, a Guide to Its History, Highways, and People

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Beckwourth (see Tour 9), who urged them to attack. In a battle that lasted several hours, all the Blackfeet and 40 Crow were killed.

At 140 m. US 87 crosses the COLORADO LINE, 101 miles north of Denver.


Tour 4

( Scottsbluff, Neb.)--Torrington--Junction with US 87; US 26. Nebraska Line to Junction with US 87, 55.6 m.

Oil-surfaced highway. C.B.&Q.R.R. parallels route between Nebraska Line and Guernsey.

Good accommodations.

US 26, the North Platte Valley Highway, follows the North Platte River along emigrant trails of the 1840's and 1850's, which in turn followed old Indian trails and early routes of exploration. Here, prosperous irrigated farmland produces sugar beets, artichokes, corn, wheat, and apples. Turkeys are raised in the valley, and livestock feeding is an important industry. Animals need little shelter aside from occasional windbreaks, for the winters are dry and mild.

US 26 crosses the NEBRASKA LINE, 0 m., 31 miles west of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. In an alfalfa field near here is the site of ROBERT STUART'S CAMP of 1812, where Stuart and his men spent several winter months on their return from Astoria (see History).

The highway runs through rolling grassland; in spring and summer bright-green fields contrast with the green-gray sage-covered hills, while in autumn the riverbank cottonwoods and willows are aflame with yellows and reds.

TORRINGTON, 7.9 m. (4,098 alt., 1,811 pop.) (seeTour 1), is at a junction with US 85 (seeTour 1). Between Torrington and Lingle, US 26 and US 85 are one route.

At the LIVESTOCK SALES YARDS (R), 8.5 m., inspectors work the herds of cattle and horses, trailed or trucked in at auction time, to make sure that brands conform to those shown on bills of sale. Up to 1,400 head of livestock are often placed on sale at one time, for consignment to Eastern feed lots or markets.

At 10.1 m. is the eastern boundary of the STATE EXPERIMENT FARM,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction ix
  • Preface xix
  • Illustrations xxi
  • Maps xxv
  • General Information xxxi
  • Calendar of Annual Events xxxvii
  • PART I - Wyoming: Past and Present 1
  • Contemporary Scene 3
  • Natural Setting 11
  • Archeology and Indians 49
  • History 58
  • Transportation 79
  • Industry, Commerce and Labor 90
  • Agriculture 98
  • Education 109
  • Sports and Recreation 117
  • Folklore and Folkways 122
  • Literature 127
  • The Theater 137
  • Music 147
  • Art 155
  • Architecture 161
  • Part II - Cities 171
  • Casper 173
  • Cheyenne 183
  • Laramie 195
  • Sheridan 206
  • PART III - Tours 215
  • Tour 1 217
  • Tour 2a 251
  • Tour 2c 253
  • Tour 3 267
  • Tour 4a 292
  • Tour 4b 300
  • Tour 6 318
  • Tour 6a 339
  • Tour 7a 341
  • Tour 8 350
  • Tour 9 356
  • Tour 10 367
  • Tour 11 380
  • Yellowstone National Park 392
  • PART IV - Appendices 439
  • Chronology 441
  • Bibliography 449
  • Glossary 459
  • 1940 - Census Figures 467
  • Index 469
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