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Our Genealogy Helper for Bitter Creek ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Bitter Creek (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Bitter Creek. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Name Variations for Bitter Creek ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Bitter Creek: Bitter Crk. (or less commonly used: Bitter Ck. or Bitter Cr.)

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Bitter Creek is located in Sweetwater County.

To see how the shape of Wyoming's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Sweetwater County: Moffat (CO), Daggett (UT), Summit (UT), Carbon, Fremont, Lincoln, Sublette & Uinta.

Below are the counties that are near Bitter Creek. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Bitter Creek:

  • Sweetwater County     (The home county of Bitter Creek)
    • Table Rock [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Table Rock
      • Table Rock [Sweetwater County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Bitter Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Table Rock
    • Point of Rocks [Sweetwater County]
    • Tipton [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tipton
      • Tipton [Sweetwater County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Bitter Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tipton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tipton
    • Red Desert [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Desert
      • Red Desert [Sweetwater County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Bitter Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Desert have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Desert
    • Sweeney Ranch [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sweeney Ranch
      • Sweeney Ranch [Sweetwater County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Bitter Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sweeney Ranch have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sweeney Ranch
    • Superior [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Superior
      • Superior [Sweetwater County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Bitter Creek
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 312 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Superior
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Superior<2>
    • Frewen [Sweetwater County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frewen
      • Frewen [Sweetwater County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Bitter Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frewen have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Wamsutter [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wamsutter
      • Wamsutter [Sweetwater County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the east of Bitter Creek
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 467 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wamsutter
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wamsutter<2>
    • Rock Springs [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Springs
      • Rock Springs [Sweetwater County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the west of Bitter Creek
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,943 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rock Springs<2>
    • Reliance [Sweetwater County]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Bitter Creek, see our County-by-County Page for Bitter Creek.

Newspapers Published in Bitter Creek ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bitter Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bitter Creek, there are papers which were published within 33 miles [53.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bitter Creek.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Bitter Creek:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Wyoming

Cemeteries Near Bitter Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bitter Creek.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Bitter Creek covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Bitter Creek had a post office and railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Bitter Creek, with the one closest to Bitter Creek listed first.

  • Bitter Creek [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bitter Creek
    • Bitter Creek [Sweetwater County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Bitter Creek
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bitter Creek had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bitter Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bitter Creek
  • Monell [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monell
    • Monell [Sweetwater County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Bitter Creek
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Monell had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Monell have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monell
  • Black Buttes [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Black Buttes
    • Black Buttes [Sweetwater County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Bitter Creek
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Black Buttes had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Black Buttes have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Black Buttes
  • Table Rock [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Table Rock
    • Table Rock [Sweetwater County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Bitter Creek
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Table Rock had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Table Rock
  • Hallville [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hallville
    • Hallville [Sweetwater County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Bitter Creek
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hallville had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hallville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hallville
  • Point of Rocks [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Point of Rocks
    • Point of Rocks [Sweetwater County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Bitter Creek
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Point of Rocks had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Point of Rocks
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Point of Rocks<2>
  • Continue List ...
    • Tipton [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tipton
      • Tipton [Sweetwater County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Bitter Creek
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Tipton had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tipton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tipton
    • Red Desert [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Desert
      • Red Desert [Sweetwater County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Bitter Creek
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Red Desert had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Desert have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Desert
    • Salt Wells [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salt Wells
      • Salt Wells [Sweetwater County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Bitter Creek
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Salt Wells had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Salt Wells have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salt Wells
    • Frewen [Sweetwater County] - Historic
      • While Frewen was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frewen
      • Frewen [Sweetwater County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Bitter Creek
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Frewen had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frewen have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Baxter [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baxter
      • Baxter [Sweetwater County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Bitter Creek
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Baxter had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Baxter have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baxter

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Bitter Creek. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bitter Creek.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bitter Creek ...

While our initial data about Bitter Creek came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Bitter Creek in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Bitter Creek.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Bitter Creek:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Map of the Lincoln Highway (1924)

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bitter Creek. See our Misc Page for Bitter Creek for more information.

Railroad Mentions for Bitter Creek:

A scheduled stop for the Gold Coast Limited: From Union Pacific's timetable for the defunct Gold Coast Limited (train schedule from 1951). The Gold Coast Limited travelled between Chicago (IL) and San Francisco (CA)

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Wyoming

About Sweetwater County

About Wyoming

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bitter Creek. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Sweetwater County: www.co.sweet.wy.us/

The official website for State of Wyoming: www.wyo.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bitter Creek) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bitter Creek. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bitter CreekOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bitter Creek. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5508, Longitude: -108.5554       In this case, the coordinates for Bitter Creek have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Bitter Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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