Obituary Details

Luke Voorhees

(11/29/1834 - 01/16/1925)
Courtesy of The Douglas Budget, 01/22/1925

Luke Voorhess, Pioneer, Is Dead

Luke Voorhees, a resident of the west since 1859, died at his home in Cheyenne last Friday. He had been attacked with pneumonia and his age gave little hope that he would recover. He was in his eighty-seventh year.

Mr. Voorhees was a native of New Jersey, coming west to Pike's Peak during the gold excitement in 1859. He was at Alder Gulch in Montana during the gold excitement there in the early sixties, was at the driving of the golden spike which united the Central and Union Pacific railroads and operated a stage line from Cheyenne to the Black Hills during the rush to the Deadwood field. He was the first territorial treasurer of Wyoming and filled the office of receiver of the Cheyenne land office during the Wilson administration. He was Justice of the Peace at Cheyenne at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife and a son, George Voorhees.

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