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Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, 1914.

Luke Vorhees, former manager of the Deadwood Stage summarized the change that overcame Pine Bluffs from its founding:

In October, 1859, I rode from Pawnee Buttes north a few miles to a heavy wooded butte, now called Pine Bluffs, (now denuded of the "pine"), which overlooked a beautiful plain or valley. It being the time of year when the buffalo were migrating to the south, the entire valley as far as I could see was one continuous herd of buffalo. A most beautiful sight, although I had for two years been almost constantly in sight of large herds of fine buffalo. This picture seemed to be the most perfect of all of the great plain's panoramas.


Threshing near Pine Bluffs,

I last fall, 1912, passed over the same valley and the contrast was a most interesting one. Instead of the vast herds of buffalo, the valley was much of it covered, or dotted with fields and stacks of the finest of different kinds of grain. It seemed to be a wonderful transformation, although fifty-three years had elapsed, but it seemed only a few months from the time I first viewed the buffalo, until the neat wheat fields appeared.

In 1908, the Pine Bluffs Post reported that there were six steam Plows in the area. Pine Bluffs became a major shipping point on the Union Pacific for grain.


Trains at Pine Bluffs.


Pine Bluffs, looking south, 1914.

One of the two hotels is on the right, beyond is the bakery and lunchroom, further down the street is the town hall and church.


Methodist Church, Pine Bluffs, 1911.


Pine Bluffs, 1920.

Today, in Pine Bluffs, one may visit a museum devoted to the Texas Trail, in the summer the University of Wyoming Archaeological Museum and Site, and Our Lady of Peace, a five-story high statue of the Virgin Mary sculpted by Robert Fida. Additionally, in the area are some 300 tipi circles left by American Indians.


Pine Bluffs, 1910's

The Post was esablished by R. D. Wilson in 1908 and had its first office in the back room of the Abernathy Building. T he area of Laramie County between Pine Bluffs and F. E. Warren Air Base is a center of archaelogical interest due to the presence of American Indians for at least 8,000 years and possibly as long as 11,000 years. When first settled by Indians the area was warmer in the winter and cooler and wetter in the summer.

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