National Register of Historic Places

Laclede Station

Sweetwater County

Date Added to Register

Wednesday, December 06, 1978

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Laclede Stage Station on the Overland Trail is located midway between the cities of Rock Springs and Rawlins. A mile and a half upstream from Laclede Station is the location of the first Overland Trail crossing of Bitter Creek, and just west of the crossing is the ruins of a military post, Fort Laclede. A portion of the station walls are standing and provide an idea of how the station was laid out in the early 1860s. It appears that the station was constructed of slabs of native stone quarried from nearby hills. Laclede Station was in the 1860s one of thirty-one stopping points or waystations in Wyoming along the Overland Trail, a central route through Western America. Stage stations along the Overland Trail were usually spaced from ten to fifteen miles apart. Laclede Station is eight miles east of Big Pond Station and sixteen miles west of Dug Springs Station. Laclede Stage Station is important as a physical remnant of the heritage of the Overland Trail, a pioneer road of national significance.

Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources