Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Way West
Approximately 20 miles on the trail west of this place, emigrants arrived at the Sublette Cutoff, also known as the Parting-of-the-Ways. It was there that groups separated, some going to Oregon, some to Utah and others to California. Whatever their destination, every day they struggled with life along the trail. Lonely graves, most unmarked, are testimony to thousands of lives taken by cholera, accidents - especially at river crossings, and childbirth. Attacks by Native Americans were often feared, but almost never occurred.
It may be hard to visualize the lives of these people, but a short walk into the landscape allows us insight into some of the problems they faced.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Trail, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, and the Oregon Trail series lists.
Location. 42° 19.802′ N, 108° 58.37′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 0.7 miles south of Lander-Pinedale Stage Road. Marker is one of five interpretive signs at the South Pass Overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Corridor West (a few steps from this marker); South Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named South Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fur Trade (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacific Springs (approx. 1.4 miles away); Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (approx. 4˝ miles away); Old Oregon Trail (approx. 4˝ miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lander.
More about this marker. Sign donated by First Security Bank of Rock Springs; Roger A. Weidner, President & CEO.
Also see . . . South Pass - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 475 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.