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Our Genealogy Helper for Red Desert ...

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 Red Desert (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 Red Desert. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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.

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

  • Sweetwater County     (The home county of Red Desert)
    • Frewen [Sweetwater County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frewen
      • Frewen [Sweetwater County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Red Desert
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frewen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Wamsutter [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wamsutter
      • Wamsutter [Sweetwater County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Red Desert
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 467 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wamsutter
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wamsutter<3>
    • Tipton [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tipton
      • Tipton [Sweetwater County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Red Desert
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tipton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tipton
    • Table Rock [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Table Rock
      • Table Rock [Sweetwater County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Red Desert
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Table Rock
    • Creston [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Creston
      • Creston [Sweetwater County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Red Desert
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Creston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Creston
    • Bitter Creek [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bitter Creek
      • Bitter Creek [Sweetwater County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Red Desert
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bitter Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bitter Creek
    • Riner [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riner
      • Riner [Sweetwater County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of Red Desert
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Riner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riner
    • Point of Rocks [Sweetwater County]

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

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 websites either 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 Red Desert:

  • Genealogy information for nearby counties
  • 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 Red Desert ...

We're sorry, but we don't know of any cemeteries in the area around Red Desert.

This is a new section of our Gazetteer and we're still collecting data about cemeteries and their location. If you know of a cemetery that should be included, please let us know.

We are looking for information such as the name of the cemetery, its GPS location, whether the cemetery is still in use or if it is historic (ie- defunct, abandoned,  etc.). If it applies, we would also like to learn of any past or alternate names that the cemetery has been known by.

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

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, Red Desert had railroad service and no post office.

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

  • Red Desert [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Desert
    • Red Desert [Sweetwater County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Red Desert
    • 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.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Desert
  • 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 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Red Desert
    • 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.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Tipton [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tipton
    • Tipton [Sweetwater County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Red Desert
    • 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.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tipton
  • Wamsutter [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wamsutter
    • Wamsutter [Sweetwater County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Red Desert
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 467 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Wamsutter had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wamsutter
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wamsutter<3>
  • Table Rock [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Table Rock
    • Table Rock [Sweetwater County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Red Desert
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Table Rock had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Table Rock
  • Latham [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Latham
    • Latham [Sweetwater County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Red Desert
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Latham had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Latham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Latham
  • Monell [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monell
    • Monell [Sweetwater County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Red Desert
    • 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.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monell
  • Creston [Sweetwater County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Creston
    • Creston [Sweetwater County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Red Desert
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Creston had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Creston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Creston
  • Continue List ...
    • Bitter Creek [Sweetwater County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bitter Creek
      • Bitter Creek [Sweetwater County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Red Desert
      • 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.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bitter Creek

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Red Desert ...

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

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

Map of the Lincoln Highway (1924)

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Wyoming

About Sweetwater County

About Wyoming

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Red Desert. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Red Desert) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Red Desert. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Red DesertOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Red Desert. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6536, Longitude: -108.1218       In this case, the coordinates for Red Desert 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>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 Red Desert, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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