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Near Bessemer Bend in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Marking Their Progress

 
 
Marking Their Progress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
1. Marking Their Progress Marker
Caption: (bottom right) William Clayton.
Inscription. Many travelers along the Oregon, California, and Mormon Pioneer trails relied on maps and reports made by explorers or guides who knew the way. William Clayton provided early emigrants with a detailed written record of his travels. As a member of Brigham Young's Mormon Pioneer Company in 1847, Clayton measured the party's daily travel to the nearest quarter-mile, recording features of the terrain, between Winter Quarters, Nebraska and the Great Salt Lake. His "Latter-Day Saints' Emigrants' Guide," first published in 1848, is available today as a popular historical record.
Having journeyed from various departure points on the wooded banks of the Missouri River, emigrants now measured their progress, Mormon Pioneers were almost three-fourths of the way along to the Great Salt Lake Valley. The adventures bound for California had covered a third of the distance to their goal, while some families enroute to Oregon had farther yet to travel than the gold seekers. All had made the commitment of their lives, to start anew and affirmed the freedoms of their young nation.
William Clayton identified "Prospect Hill" as offering a:
"Pleasant view of the surrounding country, to the Sweet Water mountains."
Westward from here, emigrants would never again be out of view of mountains - landscapes both inspiring
Marking Their Progress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
2. Marking Their Progress Marker
and forbidding, higher in elevation than any they had known east of the Mississippi River.
 
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 46.461′ N, 106° 31.815′ W. Marker is near Bessemer Bend, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker is on Bessemer Bend Road (Route 308) near Speas Road (Route 311), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14456 Bessemer Bend Road, Casper WY 82604, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Among Many (within shouting distance of this marker); Witnessing the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Science Visits the West (within shouting distance of this marker); Reluctant Farewells (within shouting distance of this marker); Shape of the Future (within shouting distance of this marker); Ranching Takes Its Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Queen City of the West (within shouting distance of this marker); Red Buttes (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bessemer Bend.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Bureau of Land Management's Bessemer Bend Historic Site.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 16 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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