Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

By Gary Collins
Pine Bluffs Post 

Heritage Society is on the right track

 

Members of the Pine Bluffs Heritage Society in the gymnasium of the Historic high school circa 2001. First Row, L to R: Marv Schacher, Nick Hockersmith, Marilyn Sisson, Sylvia Sayers, Beth Wilkins, Janene Tucker, Frances Vavra, Bernice Kruger, Garfoye Reher, Betty Fornstrom, and Liz Bradley. Second row, L to R: Stan McNanww, Al Reher, Dick fornstrom, Todd Fornstrom, and Dine Wise. Back row, L to R: John Culek, Evelyn Culek, Irene Spier, Merril Sargent, Annete Steiner, Dale Leemaster, Shirley Leemaster, Maureen Shandera, Jeannie Hockersmith and John Wise.

Considered the first to be built in Wyoming, the Union Pacific Railroad depot of Pine Bluffs was constructed in 1907, relocated in 1918 and demolished in November 1980.

The depots on the railroad line where constructed ten miles apart, allowing the old steam engines to take on water. The station west of Pine Bluffs being in Egbert. Over time, with the introduction of diesel engines these stations became obsolete and the railroad started to demolish them. In 1980, this fate befell the depot in Pine Bluffs.

Pine Bluffs resident and farmer, Jack Hockersmith, who along with his wife Jeannie, c...



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