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

South Pass

 
 
South Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
1. South Pass Marker
Inscription. The South Pass, in which you are now located, is perhaps the most significant transportation-gateway through the Rocky Mountains. Indians, mountain men, Oregon Trail emigrants, Pony Express riders, and miners all recognized the value of this passageway straddling the Continental Divide. Bounded by the Wind River Range on the north and the Antelope Hills on the south, the pass offered overland travelers a broad, relatively level corridor between the Atlantic and Pacific watersheds.
     Mining plays a fundamental role in the history of the South Pass region. Gold may have been discovered as early as 1842, but gold fever did not strike until 1867 when a sample of South Pass ore arrived in Salt Lake City. News of the discovery spread swiftly and hordes of expectant millionaires descended on the new towns of South Pass City, Atlantic City, and Miner's Delight. The boom played out quickly. The easily obtained placer gold was rapidly exhausted and miners began leaving the area in the early 1870s.
     Despite the brief duration of the boom, mining activity did not cease. In 1884, an enterprising Frenchman named Emile Granier began organizing the construction of a hydraulic gold mining system which employed many local residents over a ten year period. The Fisher Dredge Company recovered
South Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
2. South Pass Marker
At the South Pass Rest Area
considerable gold ore from the bed of Rock Creek during the 1930s. More recently, the United States Steel iron ore mine operated near Atlantic City from the early 1960s until 1983. Hard rock mines also reopen periodically and some are presently operating. Until the next boom arrives, travelers can experience the flavor of a Rocky Mountain mining town by visiting nearby South Pass City which has been restored by the State of Wyoming.
 
Location. 42° 22.934′ N, 108° 53.846′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from Wyoming Route 28 0.8 miles north of Lander Cutoff Road. Click for map. Marker is located at the South Pass Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Meadows in the Sage (within shouting distance of this marker); Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (approx. 2.8 miles away); Old Oregon Trail (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (approx. 2.8 miles away); Oregon Buttes (approx. 2.9 miles away); Lander Cut-Off on the Oregon Trail (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pacific Springs (approx. 4.2 miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lander.
 
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View to East from the South Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
3. View to East from the South Pass Marker
View to West from the South Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
4. View to West from the South Pass Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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