Baggs, Wyoming

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Baggs, Wyoming

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See Baggs, Wyoming Sep 01, 2015
Baggs is a town of about 440 (up 26% since 2000) located at the intersection of Wyoming Highways 789 and 70 (AKA the Battle Pass Scenic Byway) in Carbon County in Southern Wyoming near the border with Colorado. Evidence of human habitation in the Baggs area as long as 8000 years ago has been found. By the 1800s the Shoshone, Sioux, Utes, Arapaho, and Cheyenne Indian tribes used the Little Snake River Valley as a hunting ground, and at times as a battleground. The first white men in the area were the Astorians who passed though en route to Oregon. Trappers came to the area starting in 1839 but did not settle here. In 1841 there was a skirmish between trappers and a group of Indians which gave Battle Pass its name. A route through this area was established in the 1860s and was called the “Overland Trail”. It became a standard route for the Overland Stage Line. Baggs was established in the 1870s and got a post office in 1879. I found Baggs to be a very pleasant little town with a few places of interest especially the Mathews-Gaddis Home.

Baggs Historic District: Baggs has a nice little historic district with a couple of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There is one district and four buildings in Baggs listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the aforementioned Mathews-Gaddis Home, there are also the First State Bank of Baggs, the Barnhisel Store, the Calvert Home, the Episcopal Church and a few other interesting buildings in town.
Baggs Town Hall
Baggs Historic District
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