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    Following the stage

    by toonsarah Updated Dec 7, 2006

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    Lusk is situated on the old route of the famous Deadwood-Cheyenne stage, and you can retrace this route on Highway 85. We followed it south from Newcastle to Lusk and beyond to Torrington. When you drive through the surrounding countryside it’s easy to imagine another world when travel though this area was an altogether more dangerous activity. Bleak landscapes, miles of near-empty roads and some of the biggest, bluest skies you’ll ever see!

    The route was in use from 1876 to carry passengers from Cheyenne to the gold fields in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The rich cargo on the coaches was a regular target for thieves and highwaymen. To protect the travellers, and their gold, men were paid to sit alongside the driver with a shotgun for protection – hence the term to “ride shotgun”. Look around you as you drive on the modern highway and you’ll see the dramatic rocky outcrops and dried-up river beds which must have made perfect hiding places for the robbers lying in wait for the stages.

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    Hat Creek Stage Station and stage coach tracks

    by Beanamo Updated Jul 31, 2004

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    Hat Creek Stage Station and Post Office

    When a group of army soldiers went out looking for hat creek, Nebraska for a place to build a fort, they found a creek but it was the wrong one. They built anyway and while the fort is no longer existing, the Hat Creek Stage Station and post office is! If you ever get a chance to read a book called "Hat Creek and Hard Times" there is an amazing amount of history in the area around the station. Around the turn of the century that part of the country was a popular area for stage robberies and indian attacks. The station is in great condition and you can peek in the windows and still see the original names on the mailboxes.
    The old hwy runs along what was basicly the Cheyenne-Deadwood stage coach route. If you head south from the stage station up through the breaks you will come to some of the very last sandstone outcroppings and looking northwest from the road you can still see two very distinct ruts cut in the stone.
    The best way to reach the stage house is to find the historical marker along hwy 85 about 14 miles north of Lusk, turn east there and go to the old schoolhouse and take a right. The station is about a mile or two south. No tour guides so mind your manners and be respectful.

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    Hat Creek Stage Station and stage coach tracks

    by Beanamo Written Jul 30, 2004

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    When a group of army soldiers went out looking for hat creek, Nebraska for a place to build a fort, they found a creek but it was the wrong one. They built anyway and while the fort is no longer existing, the Hat Creek Stage Station and post office is! If you ever get a chance to read a book called "Hat Creek and Hard Times" there is an amazing amount of history in the area around the station. Around the turn of the century that part of the country was a popular area for stage robberies and indian attacks. The station is in great condition and you can peek in the windows and still see the original names on the mailboxes.
    The old hwy runs along what was basicly the Cheyenne-Deadwood stage coach route. If you head south from the stage station up through the breaks you will come to some of the very last sandstone outcroppings and looking northwest from the road you can still see two very distinct ruts cut in the stone.
    The best way to reach the stage house is to find the historical marker along hwy 85 about 14 miles north of Lusk, turn east there and go to the old schoolhouse and take a right. The station is about a mile or two south.

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