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Near Farson in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Burial on the Trail

 
 
Burial on the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
1. Burial on the Trail Marker
Inscription. Death on the trail did not allow for the fineries of the funerals back home. Emigrants made do with materials available. Black would adorn the clothes of mourners, and care would be taken to provide the best funeral possible. The most travelers could provide was often just a shallow trench beside the trail and no coffin for the deceased.

Many emigrants worried about the lack of propriety of a simple grave on the windswept prairie and vowed to return and provide a "proper" resting place.

Few of the thousands of emigrant graves have been located. The wind and snow soon obliterated any evidence of them. Markers disappeared, and in some cases, wild animals scavenged the graves. Stories of family members later returning to search for a loved one's final resting place are common, but the searches were usually fruitless.
 
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. 41° 59.898′ N, 109° 37.375′ W. Marker is near Farson, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 11.5 miles west of U.S. 191, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farson WY 82932, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Burial on the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
2. Burial on the Trail Marker
Marker is on the right
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Continuing the Journey West (a few steps from this marker); "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); Pilot Butte & "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); Emigrant/Indian Relations (within shouting distance of this marker); Death on the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Pilot Butte (within shouting distance of this marker); First Transcontinental Telegraph (within shouting distance of this marker); Simpson's Hollow (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Farson.
 
More about this marker. Marker is one of eight interpretive signs at the Pilot Butte Emigrant Trails Interpretive Site.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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