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Sheep wagon. Natrona County, Wyoming

Sheep wagon. Natrona County, Wyoming

Picryl description: Public domain image of a cart, carriage, wagon, 18th-19th century design, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Delicate wildflowers in a harsh and indelicate place; the rocks near the Pathfinder Dam in remote Natrona County, Wyoming

Delicate wildflowers in a harsh and indelicate place; the rocks near t...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Significance: This bridges is a feature associated with the Chicago and North Western Railway, a National Register eligible linear district. The bridge is one of only two concrete and steel bridges on the Casp... More

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Significance: This bridges is a feature associated with the Chicago and North Western Railway, a National Register eligible linear district. The bridge is one of only two concrete and steel bridges on the Casp... More

Teapot Rock, a distinctive sedimentary rock formation in Natrona County, Wyoming, that lent its name to a nearby oil field that became notorious as the focus of the Teapot Dome bruhaha, a bribery scandal involving misuse of funds related to the Teapot Dome oil fields in 1921-22 during the presidential administration of Warren G. Harding

Teapot Rock, a distinctive sedimentary rock formation in Natrona Count...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Curiously, the fields were named, not for the rock formation but for the large, rounded dome on which the "teapot" stands. Over time, ... More

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Significance: This bridges is a feature associated with the Chicago and North Western Railway, a National Register eligible linear district. The bridge is one of only two concrete and steel bridges on the Casp... More

Independence Rock, a loaf-shaped formation along the Sweetwater River that would have had little significance, had it not stood at roughly the midpoint of westbound emigrants' arduous trek from the vicinity of the Mississippi River to their destinations far to the west

Independence Rock, a loaf-shaped formation along the Sweetwater River ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. They called it Independence Rock with the appreciation that it would be wise to reach this location in what is now Natrona County, Wyo... More

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Significance: This bridges is a feature associated with the Chicago and North Western Railway, a National Register eligible linear district. The bridge is one of only two concrete and steel bridges on the Casp... More

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a fire insurance map, fire insurance plan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Pathfinder Dam in Wyoming under construction in June of 1908

Pathfinder Dam in Wyoming under construction in June of 1908

Illus. in: The Bureau of Reclamation : Origins and Growth to 1945, v. 1 / William D. Rowley. Denver, Colorado : U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation, 2006, p. 121 (3.17)

Part of Pathfinder Reservoir, created by the Pathfinder Dam, a masonry dam on the North Platte River, southwest of Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming. The dam was originally constructed between 1905 and 1909 as part of the North Platte Project and has been modified several times since. The Pathfinder Reservoir it created provides water storage for 226,000 acres of irrigation in Wyoming and Nebraska, as well as recreational opportunities for residents and visitors

Part of Pathfinder Reservoir, created by the Pathfinder Dam, a masonry...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. The dam is named for General John Charles Fremont, who was nicknamed the "Pathfinder of the West" after exploring the area in 1842 Cre... More

Bessemer Bend, a most significant turn of the North Platte River in Natrona County, Wyoming. This was the point of the last crossing by Oregon, Mormon, and California Trail emigrants of that looping, winding river, which comes up from Nebraska, curves over what is now the city of Casper, and dives southward toward Colorado

Bessemer Bend, a most significant turn of the North Platte River in Na...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Through trial and error, the emigrants had found that this was the least dangerous point to cross the wild and unpredictable river bef... More

Hell's Half Acre (actually 320 acres), is a deep and rugged canyon filled with sharp pinnacles and other rock formations in the middle of an otherwise flat prairie west of Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming. Passersby, including emigrants on the Oregon and Mormon trails and Pony Express routes that crossed Wyoming in the 19th Century, called the spot "The Devil's Kitchen," "The Pits of Hades," and "The Baby Grand Canyon" until a cowhand appeared and thought he was at Hell's Half Acre, another area southwest of Casper full of alkali and bogs

Hell's Half Acre (actually 320 acres), is a deep and rugged canyon fil...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Archaeological digs here confirm that the jagged canyon was used as a "buffalo jump" by Indian tribes. This Hell's Half Acre was also ... More

Abandoned ranch or farmstead west of Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming

Abandoned ranch or farmstead west of Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Western-themed bas relief on the art-deco-style Natrona County Courthouse in Casper, Wyoming. Actual trials are now (2016) held elsewhere in town

Western-themed bas relief on the art-deco-style Natrona County Courtho...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a fire insurance map, fire insurance plan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

A black and white photo of horses and a covered wagon, Herding sheep. Natrona County, Wyoming

A black and white photo of horses and a covered wagon, Herding sheep. ...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... More

Herding sheep. Natrona County, Wyoming

Herding sheep. Natrona County, Wyoming

Public domain image of a rural landscape, agriculture, farm animals, livestock, pasture, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a bridge over a water stream, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Sheep herder. Natrona County, Wyoming
Hell's Half Acre (actually 320 acres), is a deep and rugged canyon filled with sharp pinnacles and other rock formations in the middle of an otherwise flat prairie west of Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming. Passersby, including emigrants on the Oregon and Mormon trails and Pony Express routes that crossed Wyoming in the 19th Century, called the spot "The Devil's Kitchen," "The Pits of Hades," and "The Baby Grand Canyon" until a cowhand appeared and thought he was at Hell's Half Acre, another area southwest of Casper full of alkali and bogs

Hell's Half Acre (actually 320 acres), is a deep and rugged canyon fil...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Archaeological digs here confirm that the jagged canyon was used as a "buffalo jump" by Indian tribes. This Hell's Half Acre was also ... More

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Significance: This bridges is a feature associated with the Chicago and North Western Railway, a National Register eligible linear district. The bridge is one of only two concrete and steel bridges on the Casp... More

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of railroad tracks, railway, train car, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

A black and white photo of a man and a horse, Sheep wagon. Natrona County, Wyoming

A black and white photo of a man and a horse, Sheep wagon. Natrona Cou...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... More

Teapot Rock, a distinctive sedimentary rock formation in Natrona County, Wyoming, that lent its name to a nearby oil field that became notorious as the focus of the Teapot Dome bruhaha, a bribery scandal involving misuse of funds related to the Teapot Dome oil fields in 1921-22 during the presidential administration of Warren G. Harding

Teapot Rock, a distinctive sedimentary rock formation in Natrona Count...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Curiously, the fields were named, not for the rock formation but for the large, rounded dome on which the "teapot" stands. Over time, ... More

This insignificant-looking swale many miles west of Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming, was not insignificant to emigrants tramping along the Oregon, Mormon, and California trails (actually one trail at the time; they diverged far to the west). Now called Emigrant Gap, this place offered the weary travelers a sweeping view of what lay ahead over the weeks to come: endless, mostly dry, sagebrush prairies leading to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains

This insignificant-looking swale many miles west of Casper in Natrona ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of an arch bridge, stone structure, architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Teapot Rock, a distinctive sedimentary rock formation in Natrona County, Wyoming, that lent its name to a nearby oil field that became notorious as the focus of the Teapot Dome bruhaha, a bribery scandal involving misuse of funds related to the Teapot Dome oil fields in 1921-22 during the presidential administration of Warren G. Harding

Teapot Rock, a distinctive sedimentary rock formation in Natrona Count...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Curiously, the fields were named, not for the rock formation but for the large, rounded dome on which the "teapot" stands. Over time, ... More

Rocks above Pathfinder Dam and Reservoir in Natrona County, Wyoming. It is from here that visitors get the best view of the dam and the disparate water levels on the North Platte River, the calm reservoir at damtop level, and the rushing river below

Rocks above Pathfinder Dam and Reservoir in Natrona County, Wyoming. I...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Significance: This bridges is a feature associated with the Chicago and North Western Railway, a National Register eligible linear district. The bridge is one of only two concrete and steel bridges on the Casp... More

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Significance: This bridges is a feature associated with the Chicago and North Western Railway, a National Register eligible linear district. The bridge is one of only two concrete and steel bridges on the Casp... More

Bessemer Bend Bridge, Spanning North Platte River on County Road 58, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Bessemer Bend Bridge, Spanning North Platte River on County Road 58, C...

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Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, ...

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Herding sheep. Natrona County, Wyoming
North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Significance: This bridges is a feature associated with the Chicago and North Western Railway, a National Register eligible linear district. The bridge is one of only two concrete and steel bridges on the Casp... More

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Significance: This bridges is a feature associated with the Chicago and North Western Railway, a National Register eligible linear district. The bridge is one of only two concrete and steel bridges on the Casp... More

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Significance: This bridges is a feature associated with the Chicago and North Western Railway, a National Register eligible linear district. The bridge is one of only two concrete and steel bridges on the Casp... More

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of an arch bridge, stone structure, architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Independence Rock, a loaf-shaped formation along the Sweetwater River that would have had little significance -- had it not stood at roughly the midpoint of westbound emigrants' arduous trek from the vicinity of the Mississippi River to their destinations far to the west. They called it Independence Rock with the appreciation that it would be wise to reach this location in what is now Natrona County, Wyoming, by U.S. Independence Day -- July 4 -- in order to have a good chance of making it through the forbidding Rocky Mountains before heavy snowfall sealed passes and threatened their survival. The area around the rock was also a fortuitous resting spot, blessed with fresh water and plenty of grass for livestock

Independence Rock, a loaf-shaped formation along the Sweetwater River ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Devil's Gate, a fissure in the mountains of what is now Natrona County, Wyoming, caused by erosion from the Sweetwater River. It was a noted landmark along the Oregon Trail (and California Trail, Mormon Trail, and Pony Express route that followed the same path before diverging farther west)

Devil's Gate, a fissure in the mountains of what is now Natrona County...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. While it gave no particular directional guidance, emigrants, who were walking or riding alongside, not through, the gap carrying the r... More

Devil's Gate, a fissure in the mountains of what is now Natrona County, Wyoming, caused by erosion from the Sweetwater River. It was a noted landmark along the Oregon Trail (and California Trail, Mormon Trail, and Pony Express route that followed the same path before diverging farther west)

Devil's Gate, a fissure in the mountains of what is now Natrona County...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. While it gave no particular directional guidance, emigrants, who were walking or riding alongside, not through, the gap carrying the r... More

A delicate bunch of wildflowers in a harsh and indelicate place; the often dry prairie of Natrona County, Wyoming

A delicate bunch of wildflowers in a harsh and indelicate place; the o...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of an arch bridge, stone structure, architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of an arch bridge, stone structure, architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, ...

Picryl description: Public domain vintage artistic photograph, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

The exterior decor consists mostly of wagon wheels at the U.S. Post Office in Powder River, Wyoming

The exterior decor consists mostly of wagon wheels at the U.S. Post Of...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

North Platte River Bridge No. 1210, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Significance: This bridges is a feature associated with the Chicago and North Western Railway, a National Register eligible linear district. The bridge is one of only two concrete and steel bridges on the Casp... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sep 1907. 7 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability.... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1912. 12 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a fire insurance map, fire insurance plan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a fire insurance map, fire insurance plan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1918. 24 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

A cowboy statue called "20% Chance of Flurries," in Casper, Wyoming. The work, by artist Chris Navarro, is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Wyoming cowboys' lot in winter: unpredictable, sideways blizzards in which they have to work, saving livestock, sometimes including newborn calves and lambs who would starve and freeze to death in the bitter cold

A cowboy statue called "20% Chance of Flurries," in Casper, Wyoming. T...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Remains of an old farmstead near Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming

Remains of an old farmstead near Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

The Sweetwater River, flowing through Natrona County, Wyoming

The Sweetwater River, flowing through Natrona County, Wyoming

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1912. 12 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a fire insurance map, fire insurance plan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a fire insurance map, fire insurance plan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a fire insurance map, fire insurance plan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1918. 24 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

1940 Census Enumeration District Maps - Wyoming - Natrona County - Casper - ED 13-5 - ED 13-19

1940 Census Enumeration District Maps - Wyoming - Natrona County - Cas...

1940 Census Enumeration District Maps - Wyoming - Natrona County

A black and white photo of a herd of sheep, Herding sheep. Natrona County, Wyoming

A black and white photo of a herd of sheep, Herding sheep. Natrona Cou...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1912. 12 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a fire insurance map, fire insurance plan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a fire insurance map, fire insurance plan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1918. 24 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1918. 24 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1918. 24 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1918. 24 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

A black and white photo of a man on a horse, Sheep herder. Natrona County, Wyoming

A black and white photo of a man on a horse, Sheep herder. Natrona Cou...

Annotation on original negative jacket: AR. Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More informat... More

Pathfinder Dam, a masonry dam on the North Platte River, southwest of Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming. It was originally constructed between 1905 and 1909 as part of the North Platte Project and has been modified several times sinc. Construction of the dam created Pathfinder Reservoir, which provides water storage for 226,000 acres of irrigation in Wyoming and Nebraska, as well as recreational opportunities for residents and visitors

Pathfinder Dam, a masonry dam on the North Platte River, southwest of ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. The dam is named for General John Charles Fremont, who was nicknamed the "Pathfinder of the West" after exploring the area in 1842 Cre... More

Bessemer Bend, a most significant turn of the North Platte River in Natrona County, Wyomingl this was the point of the last crossing by Oregon, Mormon, and California Trail emigrants of that looping, winding river, which comes up from Nebraska, curves over what is now the city of Casper, and dives southward toward Colorado. Through trial and error, the emigrants had found that this was the least dangerous point to cross the wild and unpredictable river before Mormon entrepreneurs created a ferry over the river in 1847. Four decades later, this place became the townsite of Bessemer, which its creators envisioned as the "Queen City of the West" after the discovery of oil throughout the valley. But the railroad went to Casper instead, and the town dried up

Bessemer Bend, a most significant turn of the North Platte River in Na...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Hell's Half Acre (actually 320 acres), is a deep and rugged canyon filled with sharp pinnacles and other rock formations in the middle of an otherwise flat prairie west of Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming. Passersby, including emigrants on the Oregon and Mormon trails and Pony Express routes that crossed Wyoming in the 19th Century, called the spot "The Devil's Kitchen," "The Pits of Hades," and "The Baby Grand Canyon" until a cowhand appeared and thought he was at Hell's Half Acre, another area southwest of Casper full of alkali and bogs

Hell's Half Acre (actually 320 acres), is a deep and rugged canyon fil...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Archaeological digs here confirm that the jagged canyon was used as a "buffalo jump" by Indian tribes. This Hell's Half Acre was also ... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Apr 1903. 5 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability.... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1912. 12 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1918. 24 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

A delicate bunch of wildflowers in a harsh and indelicate place; the often dry prairie of Natrona County, Wyoming

A delicate bunch of wildflowers in a harsh and indelicate place; the o...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Hell's Half Acre (actually 320 acres), is a deep and rugged canyon filled with sharp pinnacles and other rock formations in the middle of an otherwise flat prairie west of Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming. Passersby, including emigrants on the Oregon and Mormon trails and Pony Express routes that crossed Wyoming in the 19th Century, called the spot "The Devil's Kitchen," "The Pits of Hades," and "The Baby Grand Canyon" until a cowhand appeared and thought he was at Hell's Half Acre, another area southwest of Casper full of alkali and bogs

Hell's Half Acre (actually 320 acres), is a deep and rugged canyon fil...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Archaeological digs here confirm that the jagged canyon was used as a "buffalo jump" by Indian tribes. This Hell's Half Acre was also ... More

The Natrona County Library in Casper, Wyoming

The Natrona County Library in Casper, Wyoming

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

A black and white photo of a herd of sheep, Herding sheep. Natrona County, Wyoming

A black and white photo of a herd of sheep, Herding sheep. Natrona Cou...

Public domain image of a rural landscape, agriculture, farm animals, livestock, pasture, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Bad lands, near Caspar, Sterescope Card, Boston Public Library

Bad lands, near Caspar, Sterescope Card, Boston Public Library

Public domain scan of the back of stereograph card, stereoscopic view, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Apr 1903. 5 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability.... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Apr 1903. 5 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability.... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Apr 1903. 5 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability.... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Apr 1903. 5 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability.... More

Bessemer Bend Bridge, Spanning North Platte River on County Road 58, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Bessemer Bend Bridge, Spanning North Platte River on County Road 58, C...

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1918. 24 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1918. 24 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Aug 1918. 24 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability... More

A black and white photo of a man on a horse, Sheep herder. Natrona County, Wyoming

A black and white photo of a man on a horse, Sheep herder. Natrona Cou...

Title and other information from caption card. Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944. More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is availabl... More

Distant view of the Alcova Reservoir, created by the damming of the North Platte River near the town of Alcova in Natrona County, Wyoming, in 1937. The reservoir covers 2,470 surface acres. Sailboating and water skiing in summer and ice fishing in winter attract many visitors each year

Distant view of the Alcova Reservoir, created by the damming of the No...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

A mounted rider guides another horse through the brush in Natrona County, Wyoming

A mounted rider guides another horse through the brush in Natrona Coun...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Independence Rock, a loaf-shaped formation along the Sweetwater River that would have had little significance -- had it not stood at roughly the midpoint of westbound emigrants' arduous trek from the vicinity of the Mississippi River to their destinations far to the west. They called it Independence Rock with the appreciation that it would be wise to reach this location in what is now Natrona County, Wyoming, by U.S. Independence Day -- July 4 -- in order to have a good chance of making it through the forbidding Rocky Mountains before heavy snowfall sealed passes and threatened their survival. The area around the rock was also a fortuitous resting spot, blessed with fresh water and plenty of grass for livestock

Independence Rock, a loaf-shaped formation along the Sweetwater River ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Remains of an old farmstead near Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming

Remains of an old farmstead near Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Wyoming Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph... More

Hell's Half Acre (actually 320 acres), is a deep and rugged canyon filled with sharp pinnacles and other rock formations in the middle of an otherwise flat prairie west of Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming. Passersby, including emigrants on the Oregon and Mormon trails and Pony Express routes that crossed Wyoming in the 19th Century, called the spot "The Devil's Kitchen," "The Pits of Hades," and "The Baby Grand Canyon" until a cowhand appeared and thought he was at Hell's Half Acre, another area southwest of Casper full of alkali and bogs

Hell's Half Acre (actually 320 acres), is a deep and rugged canyon fil...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Archaeological digs here confirm that the jagged canyon was used as a "buffalo jump" by Indian tribes. This Hell's Half Acre was also ... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

May 1894. 2 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability.... More

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming.

May 1894. 2 Sheet(s). Wyoming fire insurance map. Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed maps of cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company for the purpose of assessing fire insurance liability.... More

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, WY

Canyon Creek Bridge No. 924, Milepost 592.12, Casper, Natrona County, ...

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Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a fire insurance map, fire insurance plan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Picryl description: Public domain image of fire insurance plan / map, ...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a fire insurance map, fire insurance plan, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

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