Granger Stage Station
Mark Twain once stopped at this rest station during his journey to Nevada.
For pioneers who traveled along the path of the Pony Express, the Overland Stage Trail, or the Oregon Trail, a stop in the tiny town of Granger, Wyoming was a must. Granger Station, also known as the Old South Bend Station, was originally built in 1850. It served as a way station for travelers as they made their way over the high plains.
Mark Twain is said to have stopped here for a night on his Overland stagecoach trip west, a journey chronicled in his book Roughing It. Horace Greeley, a huge proponent of western expansion, was also said to have spent a night here.
The stables are now collapsed and the well is covered with wooden planks, but the main building’s exterior has been well-maintained. The interior is not accessible to the public.
Nearby is the Granger Community Cemetery, a pioneer cemetery last used in 1942. According to a historical marker outside the chain-link fence, a 2011 survey of the cemetery found 38 burial sites. The cemetery started as a “cluster of graves along pioneer trails” and became official when Granger was incorporated as a town in 1914.
Know Before You Go
Granger, WY is approximately five miles off of I-80 at exit 66.
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