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So far, we found very little information about West Lance Creek. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added West Lance Creek to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with West Lance Creek, please Contact Us.

West Lance Creek would have been located within present day Niobrara County<2>.

We aren't confident of the location of West Lance Creek, so consider the above location as an estimate.<3>

While we don't have a date for the founding of West Lance Creek, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was on a map dated 1956.

A typical abbreviation for West Lance Creek: W. Lance Crk. (or less commonly used: W. Lance Ck. or W. Lance Cr.)

While the community is gone, the present day location for West Lance Creek is 4,380 feet [1,335 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of West Lance Creek is about ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: The area where West Lance Creek was located is in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The location where West Lance Creek once stood is in the (307) area code.

Communities near West Lance Creek ...

We have created a list of 5 communities that are near West Lance Creek.

  • Manville
    (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
  • Keeline
    (20 miles [32.2 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keeline
    • Keeline is located in Niobrara County
  • Lost Springs
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest)
  • Lusk
    (23 miles [37 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lusk
    • Lusk is located in Niobrara County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,474 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lusk <5>
  • Shawnee
    (26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around West Lance Creek. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for West Lance Creek.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of West Lance Creek. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around West Lance Creek.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around West Lance Creek. See our Newspapers Page for West Lance Creek.

Adding West Lance Creek to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of West Lance Creek in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for West Lance Creek was on a map titled Road Map for Wyoming (from Shell Oil, 1956).

For more details, see References and Mentions for West Lance Creek.

The official website for State of Wyoming:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 West Lance Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>If you're interested in how the shape of Wyoming's counties, including Niobrara, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<3>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.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around West Lance Creek - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.


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