National Register of Historic Places

Sage Creek Station - Bozeman Trail

Converse County

Date Added to Register

Sunday, July 23, 1989

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Bounded by ridges to the north and south which provide a measure of protection from the natural elements and lying within one of the better water areas on the initial leg of the Bozeman Trail, this site, evidenced by building depression and a widely dispersed historic trash scatter, lies on the first terrace of the south bank of Sage Creek. The low rolling hills of the semiarid Powder River Basin surround this site, favored as a campspot by the travelers of the Bozeman Trail on their first night out of Ft. Fetterman. It was also favored by later stage route operators who built a station here in the 1870s. Among the artifacts found on the site were broken bottles, ceramics, horse shoes and wire and telegraph insulators for the military telegraph connecting the Bozeman Trail's military period (1865-1876).

Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources