Wyoming Genealogy

Otto Cemetery, Otto, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Otto Cemetery, Otto, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Otto cemetery is located one quarter mile east of Otto on a little knoll on the south side of Wyoming road 30. It is a well kept cemetery and easily seen from the main road. When the term “duel stone with” has been used in the list below, it refers to two names (sometimes three) on one tombstone which are either husband/wife or siblings. Alphabetizing the list of names separated some of these situations. This notation may save future genealogists some valuable time. Unknown (26 marked “unknown” graves) Interments at Otto Cemetery Allen Alfred L 21 Jan 1916 18 Sep …

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Manderson Cemetery, Manderson, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Manderson Cemetery, Manderson, Big Horn County, Wyoming

The Manderson Cemetery is located .9 mile east of the center of Manderson, on Highway 20 South toward Worland. It is on the north side of the road, and is visible from the highway. It overlooks the river and the Worland valley. It is fenced and has a good gate, but visitors have been pushing the wire down instead of entering by the gate. Thus animals are getting in from time to time. This is a good-sized area for the number of people resting here. Bald Eagles cruise the river and a beautiful little group of Hungarian Partridge have taken …

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Hyattville Cemetery, Hyattville, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Hyattville Cemetery, Hyattville, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Hyattville was first established in 1886 as Paintrock, Wyoming. It was named for Indian pictographs on a nearby cliff. Samuel Hyatt started a store and the first post office, and the town was renamed for him. When the store was destroyed by fire in 1900, Sam Hyatt became a rancher. Asa Shinn Mercer was also a pioneer settler here. He made himself famous by taking two shiploads of young women around Cape Horn in the 1860’s for matrimonial purposes on the West Coast. When he finished with that enterprise, he came to Wyoming to settle. The Hyattville Cemetery is located …

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Forshee Family Cemetery, Hyattville, Big Horn County, Wyoming

This family plot is on a private ranch near Hyattville. Ask permission to visit! From downtown Hyattville, drive 3.5 miles northeast on the Cold Springs Road until you reach the Rea Grove Lane. Proceed south, crossing the creek over the wooden bridge and up the hill. Bear left and enter the gate to the ranch house. You will need assistance to locate this spot. The plot is .5 miles from the ranch house on a hillside overlooking Paintrock Creek. To the east is the hovering, majestic presence of the Big Horn Mountains. To the north are the remarkable red bluffs …

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Byron Cemetery, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Byron Cemetery, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Byron was organized in 1900 by Mormon pioneer settlers. The town was named for Byron Sessions, of Utah who was one of the leaders who helped settle the town and build the Sidon canal, used for irrigation. Soon after they settled, a farmer saw gas escaping from a fence post hole, and ignited the gas. It burned for several years, and in 1906 the Byron gas field began when a test hole was drilled and gas was found about 700 feet down. To reach the Byron Cemetery go North on Center Street one mile out of town. The cemetery is …

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Basin Pioneer Cemetery, Basin, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Basin Pioneer Cemetery, Basin, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Beginning at the Court House in central Basin, drive west on B Street until you pass the schools. Take a right turn, north, onto the dirt road. Northeast a few hundred feet you will see an old log building and the cemetery, with a wood rail fence in front and a wooden sign and gate in the middle. The cemetery is not well kept, and although there is a wood rail fence around the front part, the fence has fallen down in the back, and there are stones and boards scattered around. N 44 22 893 W 108 03.043 Internments …

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Mount View Cemetery, Basin, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Mount View Cemetery, Basin, Big Horn County, Wyoming

From the Big Horn County Court House in central Basin, drive about 2 miles to the west on Hwy 30 toward Otto. The cemetery is on the north side of the road. You can’t miss it. It is a very well-kept and well organized cemetery on a nice hill overlooking the town. To the East are the beautiful Big Horn Mountains. The date given in this database is the date of death, provided by the Atwood Funeral Home in Basin. N 44 23.220 W 108 03.778 NAME LOT BLOCK DATE Abigt, Bessie G. 10 E(sp4) July 23, 1985 Abigt, Fred …

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Bonanza Cemetery, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Bonanza Cemetery, Big Horn County, Wyoming

Bonanza was named because oil was discovered seeping from a spring here in 1887. Oil was so good it could be burned in lamps without refining. Promoters thought they had found a “bonanza,” but it did not prove so and rigs pulled out in 1890. Deeper drilling has now brought back the Bonanza oil field, but the town remains a ghosttown. If you visit the cemetery, you’ve seen everything. The Bonanza Cemetery is located about 8 miles west of Hyattville at the junction of Hwy 31 and Road 31 1/2. Turn left or south on the dirt Road 31 1/2 …

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Forts in Wyoming

Wyoming Forts

In the states adjoining Wyoming were a number of forts that played a part in the military history of the state. Among these may be named Fort Hall, Idaho, Uinta and Thornburg, Utah; Sedgwick (first known as Fort Rankin), Colorado; C. F. Smith and Custer, Montana and Robinson and Sidney in Nebraska. Camp Auger Fort Bridger Camp Carlin Fort Casper Fort Connor Fort Fetterman Fort Halleck Fort Philip Kearny Fort Laramie Fort Mackenzie Fort McKinney Fort Reno Fort D. A. Russell Fort Sanders Fort Stambaugh Fort Fred Steele Fort Walbach Fort Washakie

Fort Mackenzie 1903

History of Fort Mackenzie

On January 13, 1899, Francis E. Warren, United States Senator from Wyoming introduced a bill for the creation of a Government military post near the City of Sheridan. The necessity for such a post had been brought to the attention of President McKinley the year before and an executive order had been issued for the establishment of temporary barracks under the supervision of Gen. E.V. Summer. In the debate on the Warren bill the fact was brought out that there were over twenty-three thousand Indians upon the various reservations tributary to the proposed fort. These included the Fort Benton, Standing …

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