National Register of Historic Places

Pine Grove Station

Carbon County

Date Added to Register

Tuesday, November 21, 1978

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Pine Grove Station was in the 1860s one of thirty-one stopping points or waystations in Wyoming along the Overland Trail, the major western transportation route in the United States between the years 1862-1869. The station site is near Bridger's Pass straddling the Continental Divide. Pine Grove Station and Bridger's Pass Station west of it were built by Robert Foote of Fort Halleck at a cost of $1500.00. Foote's men were paid $50 or $60 a month for their labor and were supplied with an armed guard to protect them from Indian attack while they were building the stations. According to Foote the stations were plain log buildings about 25 by 60 feet with rooms for passengers to eat and rooms for forage on one side. Generally attached to or surrounding station buildings was a corral of poles or logs, enclosing a space large enough to hold ten to twenty mules comfortably, or about a quarter to half an acre of ground. Reports indicate that the station was destroyed or partially destroyed in 1865 and again in 1867 by Indians although it is possible that the station was rebuilt and continued to be used as a ranchstead.

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