Trails of Wyoming Part 2

3 Dec

The Cheyenne to Black Hills stage line was in operation for eleven  years, from 1876 to 1887. It carried mail and gold out of Deadwood and was often the target of highwaymen and bandits.

Route

According to the map on the BLM website the route went north out of Cheyenne along what is now I-80 then to Fort Laramie, then along US 85 north past Newcastle and around then on to Deadwood.

Famous Passengers

According to UltimateWyoming.com Buffalo Bill Cody, Calamity Jane and Bill Hickok all used the road the stage line at one time or another. It is claimed that Calamity Jane drove a stagecoach after the driver was shot, but this is disputed. The stage line was held up multiple times and there were several gunfights and robberies.

End

According to the Black Hills Visitor website, the stage ended when the he Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad reached into central Wyoming and the Black Hills. It had been in operation for just over 11 years.  There are still a few stage stations and other relics of the past.

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