Near Alcova in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Preservation of Independence Rock
Past attempts to memorialize an event or person by the placement of a plaque on the Rock damaged the surface. Today, nine broke legends, bolted to the igneous summit are mute testimony to us about people and the immediate past and tell us what they believed to be important about their history.
A preservation ethic was fostered by public knowledge of the importance of the site. Public gatherings and celebrations held at the Rock over the years, including Independence Day commemorations, Masonic Lodge celebrations, and a National Boy Scout Jamboree, helped build public awareness.
As part of the United States bicentennial celebration, the State of Wyoming established Independence Rock State Historic Site with administrative responsibilities given to the Wyoming Recreation Commission. In an effort to retain the undisturbed atmosphere surrounding the Rock, development at the site was kept to a minimum. A fence placed around the area of the historic inscriptions reduces contemporary damage. Hundreds of thousands of people stopped
Erected by Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 42° 29.694′ N, 107° 7.98′ W. Marker is near Alcova, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker is on Route 220 at milepost 63 near Oregon Trail Road (County Route 319), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alcova WY 82620, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Independence Rock (a few steps from this marker); Oregon Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Ox-Team Monument Expedition (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Independence Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ella Watson (approx. 5 miles away); Frederick Richard Fulkerson (approx. 5.1 miles away); Tom Sun Ranch (approx. 5.7 miles away); a different marker also named The Oregon Trail (approx. 5.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alcova.
Regarding The Preservation of Independence Rock.
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