• Booklets, outlining the scenic and historic Beaver Creek Loop Tour, are available at the Anna Miller Museum and the local visitors center
• Cambria, an historic coal mining community and the reason Newcastle was established, is part of the history featured in the historic trek
The Beaver Creek Loop Tour is a scenic and historic trek, often rich in wildlife viewing opportunities. Local historians developed the tour. Inmates at the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp built the signs that mark the over two-dozen stops along the 50-mile drive. Each site has a spot where you can pull your vehicle off the road. A booklet detailing the complete tour can be obtained at the Anna Miller Museum and at the local Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, 1323 Washington Street in Newcastle.
Travelers along the loop tour will see portions of the Cheyenne to Deadwood Stagecoach route. Passengers paid between $10 and $30 for a trip on the stage from Cheyenne to Deadwood, a trip that took over 50 hours. While portions of the route were safe, road agents were known to frequent the area north of Lusk through the Black Hills.
Local history comes to life along the historic trek as you’ll learn about a historic sawmill, a grist mill and the establishment of local ranches. Education took place in one-room schoolhouses with the children often arriving horseback from miles around. The site of a bear attack, dance halls, a historic cemetery, a youth camp and some amazing scenery are included in stops along the tour.
The last stops along the tour feature Cambria, an early day coal mining town. Flying V, built to be a resort for the miners, is among the stops. The business, featuring unique and beautiful architecture, remains in operation today as a restaurant and lodging facility.
Bring your camera. There are several great photo opportunities along the drive, including the scenic overlooks as you make your way back down through the hills above Newcastle.