Medicine Bow in the News


Medicine Bow music teacher sings, plays, motivates - By Christine Peterson, Star-Tribune, Sunday, May 20, 2012


Medicine Bow Resident Tries to Raise Interest in Old Airport - Zachary Laux, Rawlins Daily Times, May 4, 2012


Wyoming coal-to-gasoline plant gets fuel buyer, Jeremy Fugleberg Star-Tribune energy reporter, Thursday, December 1, 2011


Virginian Hotel in Wyoming celebrates 100th anniversary - By the Star-Tribune staff, Friday, September 30, 2011


Man's quirky art could be what the small town needs - By Christine Peterson Star-Tribune staff writer, Sunday, July 17, 2011



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History of Carbon Ghost Town
Carbon, Wyoming - 1868 to 1902 (14 miles West of Medicine Bow).

1868 - Founded by the U.P. and was the first mining Community on the main U.P. Line.

1890 - Overturned kerosene lamp started fire in bunkhouse. Buildings dynamited to keep the blaze from spreading. Sizable business section was reduced to cinders.

1899 - Carbon was doomed by Simpson Hill, a steep grade West of Carbon that required helper engines for about six miles to the top. In 1899 U.P. surveyors found an easier grade through present day Hanna, this happened at about the same time the Carbon mines were playing out.

1902 - The Town of Carbon was abandoned.

The first miners to come to Carbon dug caves into the sides of a nearby ravine and covered the fronts with boards and earth. Later the dwellings were made of sandstone. Flat rocks were piled one on top the other, chinking was of rock, sticks or wood. Interior walls were plaster about an inch thick, made of sandstone.

Water had to be hauled from the Medicine flow pump station, sometimes causing medical problems because of contamination.

At its peak Carbon had seven coal mines being worked by Lankies (miners so named because several of them came from Lancashire, England). 3,000 residents lived at Carbon, there was a General Store, Scranton House, two or three saloons, Carbon State Bank, Slack Diamond Newspaper, a School, Miners Hall, two Churches, and the large Finn Hall.

All that's left is the Carbon Cemetery North of the Town Site, and a few partial foundations and sandstone walls.

The first grave in Carbon, was that of the Stable Boss who fell victim to a flock of Indian arrows shortly after the camp started to take shape.

Dutch Charlie, who was hung in Carbon, and Big-Nose George, who was hung in Rawlins WITHOUT A TRIAL, were suspected of killing two popular deputies.

1982 - American Legion Post No. 64 moved a 76 foot, 5,000 pound, granite foundation hoist beam to the Trails End Cemetery in Medicine Bow. One each were also placed in the Old Carbon Cemetery and the Hanna Cemetery.

Ten miles West of Medicine Bow on U.S. Highway 30, turn South. When you come to the fork in the road, take the right-hand road. Carbon is approximately four miles from U.S. Highway 30.