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Our Genealogy Helper for Thornton ...

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 Thornton (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 Thornton. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Thornton is located in Weston 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 Weston County: Custer (SD), Lawrence (SD), Pennington (SD), Campbell, Converse, Crook & Niobrara.

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

  • Weston County     (The home county of Thornton)
    • Upton [Weston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Upton
      • Upton [Weston County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,032 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Upton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Upton<2>
    • Clay Spur [Weston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clay Spur
      • Clay Spur [Weston County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Thornton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clay Spur
    • Osage [Weston County]
    • Horton [Weston County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horton
      • Horton [Weston County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Thornton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Four Corners [Weston County]
    • Cambria [Weston County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cambria
      • Cambria [Weston County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Thornton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cambria have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Newcastle [Weston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newcastle
      • Newcastle [Weston County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,314 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newcastle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Newcastle<2>
  • Campbell County
    • Rozet [Campbell County]
    • Gillette [Campbell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gillette
      • Gillette [Campbell County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the west of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 32,220 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gillette
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gillette<2>
  • Crook County
    • Moorcroft [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moorcroft
      • Moorcroft [Crook County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,084 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moorcroft
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moorcroft<2>
    • Pine Haven [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pine Haven
      • Pine Haven [Crook County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 559 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Haven
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pine Haven<2>
    • Linden [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Linden
      • Linden [Crook County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Thornton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Linden have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Linden
    • Carlile [Crook County]
    • Sundance [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sundance
      • Sundance [Crook County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,296 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sundance
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sundance<2>
    • Moskee [Crook County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moskee
      • Moskee [Crook County] was located 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Thornton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moskee have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Devils Tower [Crook County]
    • Hulett [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hulett
      • Hulett [Crook County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the north of Thornton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 426 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hulett
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hulett<2>
    • Alva [Crook County]
  • Lawrence County (SD)
    • Tinton [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tinton
      • Tinton [Lawrence County] was located 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Thornton
      • Estimated population in 2014: 477 people

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

Newspapers Published in Thornton ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thornton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thornton, there are papers which were published within 38 miles [61.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thornton.

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 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 Thornton:

  • 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 South Dakota
    • Stories from Wyoming

Cemeteries Near Thornton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thornton.

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 Thornton 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.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Thornton had railroad service and no post office.

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

  • Thornton [Weston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thornton
    • Thornton [Weston County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Thornton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Thornton had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thornton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thornton
  • Moorcroft [Crook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moorcroft
    • Moorcroft [Crook County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Thornton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,084 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Moorcroft had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moorcroft
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moorcroft<2>
  • Jerome [Weston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jerome
    • Jerome [Weston County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Thornton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Jerome had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jerome have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jerome
  • Linden [Crook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Linden
    • Linden [Crook County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Thornton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Linden had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Linden have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Linden
  • Carlile [Crook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carlile
    • Carlile [Crook County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Thornton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Carlile had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carlile
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carlile<2>
  • Sundance [Crook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sundance
    • Sundance [Crook County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Thornton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 515 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,296 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Sundance had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sundance
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sundance<2>
  • Pedro [Weston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pedro
    • Pedro [Weston County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Thornton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Pedro had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pedro have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pedro

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Thornton ...

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 from Point A (ie- Thornton) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thornton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.1628, Longitude: -104.7433       In this case, the coordinates for Thornton 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>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>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<6>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 Thornton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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