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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Fur Trade

 
 
The Fur Trade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
1. The Fur Trade Marker
Inscription. The demand for beaver pelts in the early 1800s led to the exploration and eventual settlement of the American West. South Pass was part of a major thoroughfare through the Rockies and its discovery is significant to the era known as the fur trade.

South Pass was first crossed by white men in 1812. The Astorians, a small party of American Fur Company trappers led by Robert Stuart, used it as they traveled east with dispatches for company owner, John Jacob Astor. Even though Stuart noted South Pass in his diary and word of his journey was printed in a Missouri newspaper, it would be another decade before white men "rediscovered" it.

For Jedidiah Smith and other mountain men working for entrepreneur William Ashley in the winter of 1823-24, the rugged Wind River Range in front of you was a barrier between them and the beaver-rich Green River Valley further west. Failing to negotiate these mountains through Union Pass further north, Smith and his men finally reached the Green River by traversing the southern end of the range at this gradual incline. Traveling west with supplies in 1825, Ashley initiated the Rendezvous, an annual event lasting until approximately 1840 when the demand for beaver played out.
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
 
Marker series.
View to the Northeast image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
2. View to the Northeast
This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 19.825′ N, 108° 58.365′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 0.7 miles south of Lander-Pinedale Stage Road. Click for map. Marker is one of five interpretive signs at the South Pass Overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. South Pass (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named South Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); The Corridor West (within shouting distance of this marker); The Way West (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacific Springs (approx. 1.4 miles away); Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (approx. 4.5 miles away); Old Oregon Trail (approx. 4.5 miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (approx. 4.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lander.
 
More about this marker. Sign donated by First Security Bank of Rock Springs; Roger A. Weidner, President & CEO.
 
Also see . . .  South Pass - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
 
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South Pass Overlook Interpretive Signs image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
3. South Pass Overlook Interpretive Signs
Entrance to South Pass Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
4. Entrance to South Pass Overlook
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 18 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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