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  • Divide Sheep Camp

     

     
     

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    The significance of the Divide Sheep Camp site is its role as a summer headquarters for a local sheep operation. The site was first utilized by the Niland-Tierney Company and later the Divide Sheep Company. Both were substantial operations on the upper middle size range of ranching during the early 1900s, and had important ties to other aspects of the Carbon County economy. The Divide Sheep Camp was first authorized by a U.S. Forest Service Special Use Permit in 1909 for a pasture to hold saddle horses, a small cabin and barn to be used as a sheep headquarters, a sheep corral used in separating, counting, and branding sheep and a dipping vat.

    The site was a base summer camp which provided supplies to company employees herding sheep on public domain range and later on the reserved National Forest System land. Herders used sheep wagons in the lower desert country during the winter months. In the spring, they drove their charges upon higher elevation public range and stored their wagons at the camp. As many as 32 wagons were stored there.

    The Divide Sheep Company ran approximately 3,400 sheep, but numerous other outfits were allowed use of the facilities. The site possesses a local significance to the early grazing history of the Medicine Bow National Forest and Carbon County.

     
     

     

    Date Added to Register:
    Thursday, February 09, 1984
     
    Location:
    Baggs
     
    County:
    Carbon County
     
    Smithsonian Number:
    48CR2221

     

  • First State Bank of Baggs

     

     
     

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    Constructed in 1907-1908 to house the First State Bank of Baggs, the Bank Club Bar is one of a few of the original buildings still standing in the community. Though not a false front, the bank is an excellent example of western 'boom town' attempts to provide urban scale and create a sense of stability in isolated small towns.

    The structure embodies distinctive characteristics of Greek Revival and classical trends popular near the turn of the twentieth century. It represents the ingenuity of westerners, limited by financial resources and access to authentic materials, in creatively copying the popular urban 'look' of the day.

     
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    Date Added to Register:
    Thursday, September 13, 1984
     
    Location:
    Baggs
     
    County:
    Carbon County
     
    Smithsonian Number:
    48CR3584

     

  • Powder Wash Archaeological District

     

     
     

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    The Powder Wash Archaeological District includes 19 rock art sites located in small rockshelters and a complex of apparently related structures consisting of an extensive wooden drift fence corral, four separate groups of wickiups constructed of deadfall juniper poles, two known rockshelters with entrances partially enclosed by low walls of rock and juniper logs, and three low circular stone-walled structures that may have served as breastwork fortifications. The sites in the district appear to have been occupied during the Protohistoric and Historic periods. The numerous rock art sites, which primarily portray images of horses and warriors, and their probable association with the drift fence, wickiup lodges, and possible fortifications have led to the hypothesis that the sites in the district are the product of war parties bivouacking in the area before and after raids.

    National Register form available upon request.

     
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    Date Added to Register:
    Wednesday, December 04, 2013
     
    Location:
    Baggs
     
    County:
    Sweetwater County
     
    Smithsonian Number: 
    48SW18660  

     

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