Big Piney in Sublette County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Building the Lander Trail
Erected by Sublette County Historical Society.
Location. 42° 36.978′ N, 109° 51.162′ W. Marker is in Big Piney, Wyoming, in Sublette County. Marker is on Paradise Road near Wyoming 351 (Wyoming Route 351). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1398 Paradise Road, Big Piney WY 83113, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "We Busy Ourselves in Various Ways" (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Engines: Oxen, Mules, and Horses (about 500 feet away); "Hear Was Hundreds of Emigrants" (approx. 0.2 miles away); 19th Century Interstate Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crossing the New Fork River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rising to the Challenge of the New Fork River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sand Spring - A Stop on the Oregon Trail (approx. 9.9 miles away); “The Best Mountain Road in the West” (approx. 9.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Big Piney.
Also see . . . The Lander Trail: National Road Building Comes to Wyoming - Wyoming State Historical Society. Many believed that construction of the Lander Cutoff was intended to provide a route that avoided the Mormon settlements in Utah Territory. Following the ill-fated events at Mountain Meadows in September 1857, wherein California-bound emigrants of an Arkansas wagon train were murdered by Mormon militia, many travelers may have welcomed an alternate route.
However, many of the laborers Lander hired to build the new road were themselves Mormons from the Salt Lake Valley, making it seem unlikely the Army had any motives other than building a road that was safer because it was shorter. (Submitted on August 14, 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 128 times since then and 7 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on August 14, 2016.
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