DATES OPEN:Year round, weather permitting
HOURS: Daylight hours
ADMISSION: No fee
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: Yes
LOCATION: Approximately 25 miles east of Rock Springs—from Interstate 80, take Exit 130. Point of Rocks is one-half mile south.
Point of Rocks Stage Station
In 1862, the Overland Stage line built Point of Rocks Stage Station (also known as “Rock Point” or the “Almond Stage Station”). Today, this structure built from native sandstone is one of the only stage stations remaining intact on the Overland Trail. While the stables are now in ruins, the station building has been restored and stands as a testament to the enduring nature of Point of Rocks. Over the years, the station has withstood at least one attack and attempted burning by Plains Indian groups and the reported robbery and murder of stagecoach passengers by Jack Slade, the notorious outlaw and once stage line superintendent. With the coming of the transcontinental railroad in 1868, Point of Rocks remained an important station for a stage line running between the railroad and the Sweetwater gold mines to the north. Following the decline of mining activity, Point of Rocks served as a home, schoolhouse, and ranching headquarters at one time or another. Stop by this once lively station on your way through southwest Wyoming and imagine life on the Overland Stage line during the 1860s.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
ON THE WEB:
AT THE LIBRARY:
Stagecoach: Rare Views of the Old West, 1849-1915, by Sandor
Demlinger. Schiffer Publishing, 2004.
Protect Our Heritage!
To preserve Point of Rocks Stage Station’s unique heritage, do not pick up or remove artifacts found on the site or deface property.
To report vandalism, call:
South Pass City Office