Visit to Wyoming

Visit to Wyoming – Les Juon, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota

Les writes of his trip to the Wagoner Family Ranch, Spring Creek, Wyoming:  We visited the homestead ranch along the Spring Creek south of Saratoga.  The original log house is still there although it’s been modernized beyond recognition.  Several other log buildings still exist also.  The crumbling ruins of the family shingle mill still exist along the Encampment River east of Riverside.  We crawled over and around the building.  Heavy beams were held together with wooden pins.  Part of the vertical power shaft identifies where the mill stream flowed.  Riverside and Encampment are just a couple of miles apart.  The Encampment Museum is a collection of early area buildings moved to the museum site.  Encampment was the location of the silver smelter at the end of a 17 mile aerial tramway from the mine located near the Continental Divide west of Encampment.  The mines were also near Battle Lake which we visited.  This is the location frequented by Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone on their western camping vacations.  The historic marker on the road above Battle Lake credits Thomas Edison’s invention of the filament light bulb to his shattered bamboo fishing pole while at this site.  At the Encampment Museum, there is a petrified log contributed by the Wagoner family.

remains of Wagoner family shingle mill

Les was accompanied on this trip by his wife, Shirley; sister, Fran Hoffman; and niece, Laurie Tufford.

Ancestors and Descendants of Christian and Catherine Juon

Christian and Catherine Wagoner Juon
photo lovingly loaned by Aunt Ann (Mrs. Elmer) Juon

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