Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Captain Benjamin Bonneville took the first wagons over South Pass in 1832. But it was U.S. Government explorer, Lt. John Charles Fremont, who was responsible for publicizing the South Pass route. Scattered references to an easy passage over the Rockies had appeared in newspapers for a decade, but in 1842 Fremont created enthusiasm for South Pass by explaining that a traveler could go through it without any "toilsome ascents".
As knowledge of South Pass became widespread, a great western migration commenced. Thousands of Mormons, and future Oregonians and Californians, would cut a wide swath along the route in the next twenty years.
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Trail, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, and the Oregon Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1824.
Location. 42° 19.818′ N, 108° 58.354′ 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. A different marker also named South Pass (here, next to this marker); The Fur Trade (a few steps from this marker); The Corridor West (within shouting distance of this marker); The Way West (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˝ 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.)
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