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Sweetwater Station in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Sweetwater Valley

 
 
The Sweetwater Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
1. The Sweetwater Valley Marker
Inscription. The Sweetwater Valley is the mid-section of the 2000 mile-long Oregon Trail. West of Casper, Wyoming, branches of that trail, meld into a single transportation corridor and here, paralleling the serpentine Sweetwater River, the trail approaches the base of South Pass. On the other side is "Oregon Country" where routes diverge toward Utah, California and Oregon. For a week emigrants plodded this stretch of high altitude, semiarid desert. Everyday, more of the same - alkali, sage and sand - a continuing American Sahara. "How I long for a timbered country" wrote one traveler. "...In a thousand miles I have not seen a hundred acres of wood. All that comes near to arborification is a fringe of cottonwood and willows along the banks of creeks and rivers. These everlasting hills have an everlasting curse of barrenness...." For others, however, the Sweetwater was a relatively agreeable part of the journey. It was summer, the river was low and clear, and there was grass for stock. Days were bright and mild, and scenery was plentiful. "...Still by the Sweet Water. The valley is becoming more narrow and the stream more rapid. In advance and a little to the north of our trail we can see the Wind River Mountains. Their lofty summits are covered with snow, and in their dazzling whiteness appear truly sublime."
 
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The Sweetwater Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
2. The Sweetwater Valley Marker
Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 32.656′ N, 108° 11.307′ W. Marker is in Sweetwater Station, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Wyoming 789 (U.S. 287) and Sand Draw Road (Wyoming Route 135), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4189 Wyoming 789, Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oregon Trail (here, next to this marker); Sweetwater Willows (a few steps from this marker); Sweetwater Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Women of Sixth Crossing (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sixth Crossing (approx. 3.1 miles away); Beaver Rim and the Wind River Range (approx. 5.9 miles away); Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away); Ice Slough (approx. 9.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sweetwater Station.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Sweetwater Station rest area.
 
Also see . . .  Sweetwater River (Wyoming) - Wikipedia. By 1843 the Sweetwater River valley was a
Split Rock Meadow, in the Sweetwater Valley image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
3. Split Rock Meadow, in the Sweetwater Valley
regular wagon trail providing the water, grass and fuel needed on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails across Wyoming. The Sweetwater provided an almost direct path from the Platte and North Platte Rivers to the wide South Pass Continental Divide between the Atlantic Ocean rivers and rivers that dumped in the Pacific Ocean.
(Submitted on July 13, 2016, 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 93 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on July 13, 2016.
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