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

Oregon/California/Mormon Trails

 
 
Oregon/California/Mormon Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
1. Oregon/California/Mormon Trails Marker
Inscription. From 1840 to 1869, over 350,000 emigrants traveled past this area on the Oregon/California /Mormon Trails. The promise of free land, sudden riches, or religious freedom caused these pioneers to endure great hardships. Thousands of persons died in the quest and are buried along this old pathway.
Only two graves in Natrona County are identified by name as trail dated burials. This is unusual due to the fact that hundreds of persons died while traveling through our county. Drowning, disease, and accidents took a toll in our area, especially between this point and Devilís Gate.
The peak of migration was in 1852 when 70,000 persons passed this spot, most on their way to the California gold fields. These trails contributed to the largest overland migration in history.
 
Erected by Natrona County Historical Society.
 
Location. 42° 50.174′ N, 106° 22.314′ W. Marker is in Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker can be reached from Fort Caspar Road near Herold Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4000 Fort Caspar Road, Casper WY 82604, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Military Explorers (here, next to this marker);
Markers on the Wyoming History Walk in Centennial Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
2. Markers on the Wyoming History Walk in Centennial Park
The Mormons (here, next to this marker); Richard Bridge and Military Complex (here, next to this marker); Robert Stuart Cabin Site (here, next to this marker); Indians Of Wyoming (a few steps from this marker); Pony Express (a few steps from this marker); Bridger and Bozeman Trails (a few steps from this marker); Ranching in Wyoming (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Casper.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Wyoming history walk in Centennial Park, which is adjacent to the Fort Caspar Museum and shares the parking lot.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 6 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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