Guernsey Lake Park, Wyo.
Guidebook: "Points of Interest to the Tourist"

(originally published in 1936)

Front cover of the Guild Book - Reading - Points of Interest to the Tourist in the vicinity of Guernsey Lake Park, Wyoming - Photographs by John C. Ewers Field Curator Field Division of Education National Park Service - September, 1936

Two men and a woman looking through the quartzite quarries. Sepia tone photo.
The Work of Prehistoric Man is much in evidence at the quartzite quarries less than twenty-five miles northwest of Guernsey. Literally acres of rejected fragments give some idea of the great amount of stone removed by the most primitive of methods before the dawn of history in this area.

Woman standing on a barren hill among many stone tipi circles. Sepia tone photo.
On the Hill above the Quarries are many stone tipi circles where prehistoric Indians are believed to have worked pieces of quartzite into useful tools and weapons. This so-called "Spanish Diggings" area has long been a fascinating problem to Plains archaeologists.

Sky line photo of Register Cliff. Sepia tone photo.
Register Cliff Attracts Thousands of visitors annually. Here may be seen many signatures carved into the soft rock by emigrants over the Oregon Trail who made their camp in the nearby valley their first night out of Fort Laramie. This site is less than a mile and a quarter east of Guernsey on the south side of the Platte.

Man and woman examinig a Poney Express Station marker. Sepia tone photo.
The Pony Express Passed This Way in 1860. This marker locates the site of a Poney Express Station on the south side of the Platte one mile east of Guernsey.

 East facing view of deep ruts in the soft stone, in now what is known as Covered Wagon Hill. Sepia tone photo.
Thousands of Westward Bound Wagons passing over the trail to Oregon, California, or Utah wore these deep ruts in the soft stone on what is now known as Covered Wagon Hill on the south side of the Platte opposite the town of Guernsey. This view faces east.

Woman standing in the nearly 4 feet deep ruts left on Covered  Wagon Hill. Sepia tone photo.
Wagon Ruts Nearly Four Feet Deep may still be seen on Covered Wagon Hill as a never-to-be-forgotten reminder of the vast number of wagons that passed over the trail in the days before the railroad and paved highways. This view faces westward up the hill.

Woman pointing out the weathered stumps of old telegraph poles. Sepia tone photo.
Weathered Stumps of Telegraph Poles mark the course of the first transcontinental telegraph line which passed along the south side of the Platte close by the Oregon Trail. This stump is within a few feet of the wagon ruts on Covered Wagon Hill.

Grassy hill overlooking a bend in the river. Sepia tone photo.
Here John C Fremont Camped his first night out from Fort Laramie in 1842. Next morning he proceeded up the North Platte to the site of the present Guernsey Dam. He described the spot in detail in the report of his expedition.

Woman standing over the fenced enclosure surrounding the grave of Lucinda Rollins. Sepia tone photo
A Grim Reminder of the Hardship of travel on the Oregon Trail. Here, close by Fremont's camping place, is the grave of Lucinda Rollins who died beside the trail in 1849. The original rude headstone is now protected by a modern concrete marker.

Woman standing near a warm spring  pool. Sepia tone photo
Warm Springs is Mentioned in Many Diaries kept by Oregon Trail emigrants. Here overland travelers stopped to do their washing. This site is located about two miles southwest of the town of Guernsey.

Woman standing on a hill side pointing out lime deposits. Sepia tone photo
Lime for the Walls of Fort Laramie was burnt in this kiln located withing a few yards of Warm Springs.

Man and woman standing near a small stream, with a wooden structure in the background. Sepia tone photo
Oregon Emigrants Sometimes Camped near Cold Springs, on the north side of the south brance of the Oregon Trail some three miles west of Guernsey.

Small break in the trees on the Laramie river that served as a ford for the travelers of the Oregon Trail. Sepia tone photo.
The Oregon Trail Crossed the Laramie river to Fort Laramie at this point. View looking eastward from Fort Laramie, nine miles east of the town of Guernsey.

Sutler's store, a simple adobe structure. Sepia tone photo
The Oldest Building at Fort Laramie is the sutler's store, a simple adobe structure build in the 1850's. The right portion only of the structure illustrated was part of the original store. Fort Laramie is but a nine-mile's drive from Guernsey.

 Man and woman looking over the officers' quarters building now fallen into disrepair. Sepia tone photo
"Old Bedlam" Still Stands at Fort Laramie although this historic structure, once a fine officers' quarters, is deteriorating rapidly. About this building Charles King wove his interesting story of military life on the old frontier, "The Queen of Bedlam".

Two men and a woman standing in an empty field which use to be the site of Old Fort Bernard. Sepia tone photo
Site of Old Fort Bernard one of the trading posts along the Oregon Trail, about six miles east of Fort Laramie on the south side of the North Platte river.

Man and woman standing in a meadow with a few solemn trees in the background. Sepia tone photo
In This Peaceful Meadow was a deadly battle between Lt. Grattan's command and the Sioux in the summer of 1854, in a dispute over an emigrant's cow. It was the first armed conflict between government forces and the Teton Dakota Indians. The site is less than twenty miles east of Guernsey.

Two men standing infront of an old ramshackle ranch house. Sepia tone photo
Dick Whalen Built This Ranch House
on the north side of the Platte about 1868 when the region was still Sioux Indian country. Remnants of the old ranch buildings may be seen today less than a half mile from the modern Whalen Dam.

A man standing on the site of an old copper smelter. Hill side is a barren area dotted sparcely with sagebrush. Sepia tone photo
Site of the Old Copper Smelter at Fairbank, a ghost town that once thrived on the north bank of the Platte less than a mile east of Guernsey Dam. Copper from nearby mines was smelted here in the '80s.

Sunrise at the Lone Jack mine. View of the deep quary where iron is mined. Sepia tone photo
The Lone Jack Mine at Sunrise six miles northeast of Guernsey is an interesting sight. Here iron is mined by the peculiar milling process to furnish raw materials for the great steel mills at Pueblo, Colorado.

Image of the deep pit of the Village Belle Mine at sunrise. Sepia tone photo
The Village Belle Mine at Sunrise is one of the deepest open pit mines in the world. Power for carrying on mining operations is secured from the power plant at Guernsey Dam.

The great spillway of Guernsey Dam. Sepia tone photo
The Great Spillway of Guernsey Dam together with the large earth embankment and reservoir are points of interest to the visitor to Guernsey Lake Park. These in themselves serve as large outdoor exhibits.

Guernsey Dam powerplant sits below a sagebrush covered hill and is surrounded by the water that helps create the power. Sepia tone photo
The Power Plant at Guernsey Dam where power is generated for distribution to the farms, homes, mines and industrial plants of the Guernsey area. On the hill above the power plant is the headquarters of the North Platte Project.

Water flowing out of the gates at Whalen Diversion Dam. Sepia tone photo
Water Leaves the River on its way to the fields of the North Platte Project at Whalen diversion dam, some three miles east of the town of Guernsey.

Last Updated: 6/25/20