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Our Genealogy Helper for Lost Springs ...

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 Lost Springs (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 Lost Springs. 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 Lost Springs ...

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 Lost Springs: Lost Spgs. (or less commonly used: Lost Spngs. or Lost Sprngs.)

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.

Lost Springs is located in Converse 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 Converse County: Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Johnson, Natrona, Niobrara, Platte & Weston.

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

  • Converse County     (The home county of Lost Springs)
    • Shawnee [Converse County]
    • Douglas [Converse County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Douglas
      • Douglas [Converse County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Lost Springs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,375 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Douglas
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Douglas<2>
    • Bill [Converse County]
  • Niobrara County
    • Keeline [Niobrara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keeline
      • Keeline [Niobrara County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Lost Springs
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keeline
    • Manville [Niobrara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manville
      • Manville [Niobrara County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Lost Springs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 83 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manville<2>
    • West Lance Creek [Niobrara County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Lance Creek
      • West Lance Creek [Niobrara County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Lost Springs
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Lance Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Lance Creek [Niobrara County]
    • Lusk [Niobrara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lusk
      • Lusk [Niobrara County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Lost Springs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,474 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lusk
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lusk<2>
  • Platte County
    • Glendo [Platte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glendo
      • Glendo [Platte County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Lost Springs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 208 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glendo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glendo<2>
    • Wendover [Platte County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wendover
      • Wendover [Platte County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Lost Springs
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wendover have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hartville [Platte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hartville
      • Hartville [Platte County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the south of Lost Springs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 60 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hartville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hartville<2>
    • Guernsey [Platte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Guernsey
      • Guernsey [Platte County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the south of Lost Springs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,143 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Guernsey
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Guernsey<2>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Lost Springs ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lost Springs.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Lost Springs. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Lost Springs and those printed in the larger area surrounding Lost Springs.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 31 miles [49.9 km] of Lost Springs.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Lost Springs:

  • 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 Lost Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lost Springs.

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 Lost Springs 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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Lost Springs had railroad service and no post office. In 2020, Lost Springs had a population of 4 people.

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

  • Lost Springs [Converse County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lost Springs
    • Lost Springs [Converse County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Lost Springs
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lost Springs had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lost Springs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lost Springs<2>
  • Shawnee [Converse County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shawnee
    • Shawnee [Converse County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Lost Springs
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Shawnee had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shawnee
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shawnee<2>
  • Keeline [Niobrara County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keeline
    • Keeline [Niobrara County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Lost Springs
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Keeline had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keeline
  • Bona [Converse County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bona
    • Bona [Converse County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Lost Springs
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bona had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bona have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bona
  • Orin Junction [Converse County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orin Junction
    • Orin Junction [Converse County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Lost Springs
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Orin Junction had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Orin Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orin Junction
  • Manville [Niobrara County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manville
    • Manville [Niobrara County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Lost Springs
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 89 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 83 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Manville had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manville<2>
  • Continue List ...
    • Glendo [Platte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glendo
      • Glendo [Platte County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Lost Springs
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 208 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Glendo had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glendo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glendo<2>
    • Irvine [Converse County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Irvine
      • Irvine [Converse County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Lost Springs
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Irvine had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Irvine have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Irvine
    • Douglas [Converse County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Douglas
      • Douglas [Converse County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Lost Springs
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 491 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,375 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Douglas had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Douglas
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Douglas<2>
    • Lusk [Niobrara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lusk
      • Lusk [Niobrara County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Lost Springs
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 253 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,474 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lusk had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lusk
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lusk<2>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Lost Springs ...

While our initial data about Lost Springs came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Lost Springs 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 Lost Springs.

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 Lost Springs:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned

We have found Lost Springs in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Lost Springs for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Wyoming

About Converse County

About Wyoming

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Converse County: www.conversecounty.org/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Lost Springs) 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 Lost Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Lost SpringsOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lost Springs. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.7652, Longitude: -104.9264    
<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>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>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 Lost Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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