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Johnson County Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum Distance 0.00 miles

Built in 1909, this Andrew Carnegie library was the original location of the Johnson County Library. Carnegie, a Gilded Age industrialist, believed that education had the power to lift people out of poverty. By the time he died in 1919, Carnegie had donated over $56 million to build 2,509 libraries. Built for $12,500, the building is Neoclassical in style, with levels of contrasting color, a porch with two slender Norman-style columns, and an apse on the north side. When the Johnson County... Read more...

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Johnson County Courthouse Distance 0.00 miles

The Johnson County Courthouse, a 'good example of Italianate style of architecture,' was built in 1884 as a two-story building with a hip roof and stilted arch windows. At time the courthouse had a cupola, a long hitching post, and a bandstand. Remodeling occurred after WWII, in 1973, 1986, 1994, and more recently in 2012.

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St. Luke's Episcopal Church Distance 0.00 miles

Even though St. Luke's Episcopal Church was built in 1889, the Episcopalians held their first services in Buffalo in 1883. Made from local red bricks and built in the Gothic Revival style, the church has a flat, pointed, exposed arched framework around the narthex (entrance hall), with chamfered (shallow angled cut) edges, a bulls-eye window, a steep surmounted by a Celtic cross, and 11 stained glass windows. The interior of the church typifies the plans of small Episcopal churches throughout ... Read more...

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Buffalo Main Street Historic District Distance 0.00 miles

The Buffalo Main Street Historic District includes 14 historically significant buildings dating from pre- 1900 - 1932. They are associated with recovery from natural disasters, political battles of the 1800s and 1890s, homesteading, cattle ranching, and agricultural and mineral development at the turn of the century.

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Buffalo Post Office Distance 0.00 miles

By 1880 Buffalo's population was large enough for President Rutherford Hayes to authorize the establishment of a postal service. The post office began in the Conrad Building on Main Street and moved twice before the post office was established at its current location. The present post office building was constructed in 1911 as part of a facilities improvement program sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. Palladian windows are located on both sides of the front door. In 1967 a loading dock an... Read more...

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Union Congregational Church Distance 0.00 miles

The Union Congregational Church held services at a schoolhouse until Thomas Hutton and S. Sherrill built the church in 1886. It was the first church building in Buffalo, and one of the first two churches established in northern Wyoming Territory. The Union Congregational Church is a plain, gable-roofed, rectangular frame structure. The south end serves as an entry hall with a three-sided truncated hip roof. Stained glass windows were installed in 1913 and a choir room was added in 1958. A b... Read more...

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Holland House Distance 0.00 miles

William Henry Harrison Holland, a rancher and politician, built the Holland House in 1883. Juliet Hart, who gave the land to Holland, stipulated that he had to spend at least $2,500 on the house. A good example of late Victorian Vernacular, the first two-story house in Buffalo was made from local handmade bricks but contained windows, hardware, and walnut stair railing from eastern states. The house has been extensively remodeled and is still owned by the Holland family.

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Blue Gables Motel Distance 0.00 miles

Blue Gables Motel was originally a campground for Native Americans visiting Buffalo. Carl Kube established Blue Gables Court in 1938 and later sold it to Harold Platt in 1947. By the time new owners purchased Blue Gables Motel in 1971, Platt had added two multi-unit buildings, four cabins, a swimming pool, and an office to the original five cabins. Its location along US-16 and use of free-standing log cabins with a western design to make it attractive to tourists, allowed Blue Gables Motel to be... Read more...

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First United Methodist Church Distance 0.00 miles

Dr. Daniel R. Radar established the Methodist Episcopal Church on October 20, 1890. The cornerstone of the church was laid on August 17, 1898. A frame structure, the church contains a main room, a lecture room, and a tower painted white with pointed arches, trefoils, and quatrefoils (flower symbols with three or four petals). The triangular opening is symbolic of the Trinity, and spindles accentuate the steeple. The church, with fine acoustics, sight lines, flexibility, and focus on the pulpit, ... Read more...

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EDL Pelloux Bridge Distance 0.00 miles

The EDL Pelloux Bridge was built by Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio, and erected in 1912 over Clear Creek so that the Pelloux, Watt, Kumor, and Belus children could get to school. The bridge spans 75 feet, the roadway width is 13 feet, 6 inches. The bridge is classified as a single-span, steel pin connected five paneled Pratt Pony Truss. The EDL Pelloux Bridge is one of the earlier and better-preserved examples of this type of bridge. It was moved from its location at Kumor Road to its present... Read more...

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Fort McKinney Distance 0.00 miles

Originally known as Cantonment Reno, Fort McKinney was established on the Bozeman Trail in 1876, eight years after the trail was abandoned. Two years later, the fort moved from its location along the Dry Fork of the Powder River to its current location. Numerous civilian contractors supported the fort during its 18 years of service, leading to the development of Buffalo. The fort contained 30 buildings and a military garrison of 250 – 300 cavalry and infantry, who were responsible for keeping ... Read more...

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Fort Phil Kearny Distance 0.00 miles

Fort Phil Kearny was established in 1866. It was the site of the most significant and dramatic campaigns in the West during that time. Located on a low knoll between the Big and Little Piney Creeks, the fort was built to provide military protection for the travelers on the Bozeman Trail. Nearby are the sites of the Fetterman and the Wagon Box Fights. To learn more details about the fort, visit the Johnson County Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum and the Fort Phil Kearny Interpretive Center. This is a... Read more...

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Crazy Woman Crossing and Battlefield/Trabing Store Distance 0.00 miles

Crazy Woman Crossing, located on a flat terraced bottom above the creek, was a desirable camping spot for Bozeman Trail travelers. Lakota and Cheyenne Indians, who opposed the creation of the Bozeman Trail, ambushed a wagon train led by Lieutenants Wand, Daniels, and Templeton, on July 20, 1866. Daniels was killed, but Templeton and Wand were able to organize the train and repel attacks until another wagon train arrived. In 1877, August Trabing opened the first store in Johnson County near... Read more...

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Fort Reno Distance 0.00 miles

Fort Reno was established in 1865 and briefly called Fort Connor after its founder, Brigadier General Patrick E. Connor. The fort was located near Dry Fork Crossing on the Powder River to ensure that the southern section of the Bozeman Trail remained open, protecting travelers from Native American tribes. The name was changed in late 1865 to honor Major General Jesse L. Reno, who was killed at the Battle of South Mountain during the Civil War. Fort Reno never came under direct attack and never g... Read more...

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Cantonment Reno Distance 0.00 miles

Cantonment Reno was established on the west bank of Powder River about three miles from Fort Reno. Originally a depot for Brigadier General George Crook’s 1876 campaign, the fort provided supplies to various commands, gave medical care to the wounded soldiers, and provided burial sites. Cantonment Reno changed to Fort McKinney in 1877 to honor Lieutenant John A. McKinney who died at the Dull Knife Battle the year before. In existence only from 1876 – 1878, the fort was abandoned due to poor ... Read more...

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