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

Ferrying Across the Green River

 
 
Ferrying Across the Green River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Ferrying Across the Green River Marker
Inscription. If you look down the river about 250 yards on the right side - there's a wooden ferry. The ferry you see was built by Forrest Cramer of Pinedale, Wyoming in 1997 of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail. The ferry was used on July 6, 1997 to transport several wagons across the river. It sits on the exact location where an earlier one was used over 100 years ago. The new ferry was donated to Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge.
Follow the path that starts here and go see the ferry. Built out of logs and planks, it's a very accurate reproduction. As you walk down the path, listen to the rhythms of the water and look at the grove of tree on the left side of the river. Whether people prepared to ferry or ford the Green, you can almost hear the shouts of men positioning the wagons and oxen and the calls of women as they watch out for their children. Imagine them all tired from 1000 miles and months of trail behind them - with more miles of rough travel yet to go.
Sign donated by the descendants of Joseph Oborn who died October 30, 1856 after crossing the Green River with the Willie Handcart Company. His grave lies about seven miles downstream.
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series.
Ferrying Across the Green River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Ferrying Across the Green River Marker
The marker is on the right.
This marker is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail marker series.
 
Location. 41° 52.806′ N, 109° 48.442′ W. Marker is near Farson, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 at milepost 102 near State Highway 372, 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. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crossing the Green River (a few steps from this marker); The Lombard Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Overland to Zion (within shouting distance of this marker); One Day at a Time (within shouting distance of this marker); Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (within shouting distance of this marker); "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants (approx. 12.5 miles away); Burial on the Trail (approx. 12.5 miles away); Death on the Trail (approx. 12.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Farson.
 
More about this marker. This marker is found at a viewing area in Seedsskadee National Wildlife Refuge. The viewing area is located downstream (south) of west end of the bridge over the Green River.
 
Regarding Ferrying Across the Green River. The replica ferry is gone.
 
Additional keywords. Mormons
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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