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Near Jeffrey City in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Split Rock

 
 
Split Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2010
1. Split Rock Marker
Inscription. Originally called the Emigrant Road, the Oregon Trail was the main route of westward expansion from 1812 to 1869. An estimated 500,000 people journeyed past here in search of new lands and new lives in the West.

Because of its unique shape, Split Rock was a well known trail landmark and navigation aid. Emigrants were guided by the rock for an entire day's travel from the east. It remained in view behind them for another two days. From Split Rock, it was about six days to South Pass, the gateway to the Great Salt Lake Valley, California's gold fields and the Pacific Northwest.

Emigrants on the Oregon and the Mormon Pioneer Trails coming from Devil's Gate, 12 miles east, often camped below this point on the Sweetwater River where good grass and water were available for stock. West of here, ruts carved in the rocks by iron wheeled wagons are still visible. Generally, Mormon emigrants tried to stay on the opposite side of the river from the main trail to avoid confrontations with other also heading West.

In 1844, James Clyman recorded this in his journal about this spot.

"(August) 17. Smokey But the sun rose over the Eastern mountains in its usual majesty. Some recent Signs of a war party of Indians ware discovered yestarddy which caused some uneasiness...roled up the Stream on the South Side...the
Close-up of Marker Images image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2010
2. Close-up of Marker Images
most rugged bare granite rocks lay along the North side close to the water...saw some fine herds of Ibex or wild sheep some of which were taken and found to be very fine eating...This region seems to be the refuses of the world thrown up in the utmost confusion."

 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 27.221′ N, 107° 32.767′ W. Marker is near Jeffrey City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 287 one mile west of California Emigrant Rd, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at a BLM interpretive pullout on the north side of US Route 287 approx. 16 miles east of Jeffrey City and approx. 8 miles northwest of State Route 220. Marker is in this post office area: Jeffrey City WY 82310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wild Horses (here, next to this marker); Trails to Opportunity (here, next to this marker); Split Rock Meadows (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Split Rock (within shouting
Split Rock Meadows viewed from markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2010
3. Split Rock Meadows viewed from markers
distance of this marker); Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Split Rock (approx. 3.2 miles away); Muddy Gap (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
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Split Rock viewed from US 287 west of markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2010
4. Split Rock viewed from US 287 west of markers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 444 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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