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

A Pause on a Journey

A Pause on a Journey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 12, 2015
1. A Pause on a Journey Marker
Inscription. On Oct. 16, 1812, the Astorians (Robert Stuart, Ramsay Crooks, Robert McClellan, Joseph Miller, Benjamin Jones, Francis Eclair and Andy Vallee) passed this way and forded Pine Creek near here, the first white men known to have seen it. They were returning to St. Louis from Fort Astoria on the Oregon coast and were on foot, all their horses having been stolen by Indians.
From Stuart's journal: "We forded another stream of considerable magnitude who bank were adorned with many pines, near which we found an Indian encampment of large dimensions, deserted apparently about a month ago." In the center of the camp they found a great lodge, 150 feet around and 40 feet tall. Inside three persons lay interred. Stuart noted: "must have required great labour and time in erection, from which we infer that the personages on whose account it was constructed were not of the common order."
Six days later, Oct. 22, 1812, they made the memorable discovery of South Pass.
Erected by Sublette County Museum Board.
Location. 42° 52.005′ N, 109° 52.103′ W. Marker is in Pinedale, Wyoming, in Sublette County. Marker is on West Pine Street (U.S. 191) near South Lincoln Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 523 West Pine Street, Pinedale WY 82941, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
A Pause on a Journey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 12, 2015
2. A Pause on a Journey Marker
Note: The Antelope in the background are statues.
At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pinedale Historic District (approx. mile away); The Naming of a Lake (approx. 2.5 miles away); Welcome to the Riparian Community of Duck Creek (approx. 3.9 miles away); Rendezvous - Birth of an Empire (approx. 5.8 miles away); First Holy Mass in Wyoming (approx. 8.9 miles away); Pinckey W. Sublette (approx. 8.9 miles away); The Prairie of the Mass (approx. 9.9 miles away); Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (approx. 10.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pinedale.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Veteran's Memorial Park.
Also see . . .  Astorians and Pacific Fur Company - The Fur Trapper. Many historians state Astor's attempt to establish a trading empire on the Pacific Coast was a dismal failure. In one sense it was, but look at what the Pacific Fur Company and the Astorians accomplished. Within a two year period, trading posts were established on the Columbia, Willamette, Okanogan, Spokane, and Snake rivers. The Astorian fur trading posts, especially Okanogan, were major factors in establishing the boundary between the United States and Canada at the forty-ninth parallel...the British insisted it be along the Columbia River. An Astorian, Robert Stuart traveled from Fort Astoria to St. Louis over what would become the Oregon Trail over South Pass. (Submitted on November 25, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 24 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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