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Stage & Freight Trails

1869-1900s

With the completion of the Union Pacific Railroad across southern Wyoming in 1869, a series of stage and freight wagon roads were developed to serve fledgling communities to the north. Two of these roads, the Bryan-South Pass Road and the Point of Rocks-South Pass City Road, were both established to serve the boom town of South Pass City that sprang to life following gold discoveries along the upper Sweetwater region in 1867. Soon a new stage road, the Rawlins-Fort Washakie Stage Road was developed to serve the headquarters of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The stage roads are located mostly on BLM-managed public lands but are not marked or well mapped. Portions of Highway 287 from Rawlins to Lander parallel the Fort Washakie Road.