Henry Joy monument site gets historical marker

Historian, trails authority, and former LHA president Randy Wagner reports that the State of Wyoming will install a new historic site sign commemorating Henry B. Joy and the Lincoln Highway today, Monday, June 16. Those headed to the LHA conference in Evanston, Wyoming, from the east can look for it just south of the I-80 Continental Divide Exit (184) about 30 miles west of Rawlins, at the original site of the Joy Monument.

Above: The Henry B. Joy monument at its current location, I-80 exit 323.

Joy, one of the leading players in the original LHA, had camped at this site in 1915 and the stunning sunset led him to declare his desire to be buried here. He was not, but a monument was erected in 1939 that included 8 of the 1928 concrete markers. The site is very isolated but vandals nonetheless took a toll until the stone tablet and 4 of the posts were relocated to the Summit Rest Area (I-80 exit 323) east of Laramie in 2001 (as seen above).

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3 Responses to “Henry Joy monument site gets historical marker”

  1. Joy historical sign and conference wrap-up « Lincoln Highway News Says:

    […] Joy historical sign and conference wrap-up Randy Wagner kindly sent a photo of the new state historical sign marking the original site of the Henry Joy monument. The sign was recently installed just off exit 184 of I-80. The Lincoln Highway runs to its right, and I-80 can be seen heading to the horizon. For more info, see my earlier post. […]

  2. Dan Breyfogle Says:

    We visited this site on our way from Iowa to San Francisco. We found it to be an interesting and beautiful site.

  3. Rick Sebak’s Blog » #4. Henry Joy IV was here! Says:

    […] I understand the story, the old Henry Joy once said that he hoped to be buried out in Wyoming at the spot (on the […]

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