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Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Upper Crossing

 
 
The Upper Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
1. The Upper Crossing Marker
Inscription. The North Platte River that we see today is considerably different than the river that the 1847 pioneer party had to cross. As series of dams upstream from this site strictly regulates the flow of water on a year round basis.

(Map of Platte River and Ferry Crossings Sites)


Brigham Young arrived at a point near this site with the Mormon Pioneer 72-wagon company of 143 men, three women and two children on June 12, 1847. Strong winds and high water (150 yards wide and 10 to 15-feet deep) made crossing the river difficult and extremely dangerous. After various attempts to cross and frustrated by slow progress, Brigham Young commissioned the construction of a larger ferry boat. After just three days, the ferry was complete and had been provided as well with two oars and a rudder for control. Brigham Young realized that subsequent Mormon companies would require the ferry to cross the North Platte, and he also appreciated the revenue-generating potential of helping other pioneers cross the river. Wilford Woodruff recorded that “…President Young thought it wisdom to leave a number of the brethren here and keep a ferry until our Company Came up. Emigrants will pay for ferrying $1.50 cents per waggon…”(sic).

On June 19, one week after their arrival, Brigham Young named nine men
The Upper Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
2. The Upper Crossing Marker
Ferry reconstruction by members of the
Casper Stake
of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
to remain and operate the ferry:
Thomas Grover, Captain (professional ferryman)
William Empey, Assistant Captain
Appleton Harmon, Carpenter-Mechanic
Luke Johnson, Doctor and Hunter
James Davenport, Blacksmith
James Higbee, Herdsman
Edmund Ellsworth, Hunter
Francis Pomeroy, Hunter
Benjamin Stewart, Coal miner
A tenth man, Eric Glines, elected himself to stay behind with the ferrymen.

 
Erected by Casper Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 50.26′ N, 106° 22.292′ W. Marker is in Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker can be reached from Fort Caspar Road near Southwest Wyoming Boulevard (Wyoming Highway 258), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001, Casper WY 82604, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Road to Zion (here, next to this marker); The Mormon Ferry (here, next to this marker); Site of Old Platte Bridge (here, next to this marker); Guinard Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Reconstructed Fort Caspar (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle at Platte Bridge (about 300 feet away); The Battle of Red Buttes (about 400 feet away); Old Fort Caspar (about 500 feet away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Casper.
 
More about this marker. This marker is near the reconstructed Fort Caspar and Platte Bridge.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 132 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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