Saturday, December 3, 2016
Sweetwater Station, Freemont County Wyoming.
There's a highway rest station on top of Beaver Rim at Sweetwater Station that I've stopped in a million times, but I've never photographed it before. Probably because there's always been a lot of people there and I felt self conscious about it. Anyhow, the other day I went through and it was just me, so I took these photos with my Iphone.
The photos here will be left large so that the details on the signs can be read. I didn't do a very good job of photographing them while there, but it was relatively early in the day and light conditions were not idea.
This is a converging location on the trail and a lot of different things are significant about the spot. It's a significant Oregon Trial spot in and of itself. It was also the location of an Army post, protecting the trail, during the 1860s. Lt. Caspar Collins, who lost his life famously leading a mixed company at the Battle of Platte Bridge Station, was stationed at Sweetwater Station.