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Our Genealogy Helper for Peru ...

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 Peru (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 Peru. 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.

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.

Peru 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 Peru. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Peru:

  • Sweetwater County     (The home county of Peru)
    • James Town [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for James Town
      • James Town [Sweetwater County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Peru
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on James Town
    • Bryan [Sweetwater County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bryan
      • Bryan [Sweetwater County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Peru
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bryan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Green River [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green River
      • Green River [Sweetwater County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Peru
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,788 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green River
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Green River<3>
    • Westvaco [Sweetwater County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westvaco
      • Westvaco [Sweetwater County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Peru
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westvaco have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Purple Sage [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Purple Sage
      • Purple Sage [Sweetwater County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Peru
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Purple Sage
    • Little America [Sweetwater County]
    • Clearview Acres [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clearview Acres
      • Clearview Acres [Sweetwater County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the east of Peru
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clearview Acres
    • North Rock Springs [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Rock Springs
      • North Rock Springs [Sweetwater County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Peru
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Rock Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Rock Springs
    • Quealy [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quealy
      • Quealy [Sweetwater County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Peru
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quealy
    • Rock Springs [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Springs
      • Rock Springs [Sweetwater County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Peru
      • 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<3>
    • Granger [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Granger
      • Granger [Sweetwater County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Peru
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 128 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granger
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Granger<3>
    • Reliance [Sweetwater County]
    • Arrowhead Springs [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arrowhead Springs
      • Arrowhead Springs [Sweetwater County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the east of Peru
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arrowhead Springs
  • Lincoln County
    • Opal [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Opal
      • Opal [Lincoln County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Peru
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 109 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Opal
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Opal<3>
  • Uinta County
    • Lyman [Uinta County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lyman
      • Lyman [Uinta County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Peru
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,083 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lyman
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lyman<3>
  • Daggett County (UT)
    • Manila [Daggett County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manila
      • Manila [Daggett County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the south of Peru
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 335 people
      • Former names for Manila:
      • Chambers
      • Lewisallen
      • Lucerne
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manila
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manila<3>

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

Newspapers Published in Peru ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Peru.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Peru, there are papers which were published within 39 miles [62.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Peru.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Peru:

  • 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 Utah
    • Stories from Wyoming

Cemeteries Near Peru ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Peru.

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 Peru 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, Peru had railroad service and no post office.

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

  • Peru [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peru
    • Peru [Sweetwater County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Peru
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Peru had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peru have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peru
  • Bryan [Sweetwater County] - Historic
    • While Bryan was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bryan
    • Bryan [Sweetwater County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Peru
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bryan had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bryan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Green River [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green River
    • Green River [Sweetwater County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Peru
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 723 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,788 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Green River had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green River
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Green River<3>
  • Rock Springs [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Springs
    • Rock Springs [Sweetwater County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Peru
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3,406 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,943 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Rock Springs had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Springs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rock Springs<3>
  • Granger [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Granger
    • Granger [Sweetwater County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Peru
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 128 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Granger had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Granger
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Granger<3>
  • Baxter [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baxter
    • Baxter [Sweetwater County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Peru
    • 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.<2> 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 Peru. See our List of 1890's Communities around Peru.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Peru ...

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Wyoming

About Sweetwater County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Peru. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Peru) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Peru. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5497, Longitude: -109.5857       In this case, the coordinates for Peru have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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 Peru, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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