Near Torrington in Goshen County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Stuart’s 1812-13 Astorian Party Campsite
After the 1811 Astorian party proved relatively unsuccessful in finding a route, a second company headed eastward from Astoria, Oregon. Led by Robert Stuart, the expedition left in June 1812. Stuart’s expedition “discovered” major lengths of what became the Oregon Trail. The Rocky Mountains posed difficulties for overland expeditions, but, in October 1812 Stuart crossed the gentle South Pass, the first party of Euro-Americans to do so. Stuart’s group continued across what is now Wyoming in search of a winter campsite. At Bessemer Bend, Stuart’s party built the first known cabin
Erected by Historical Landmark Commission of Wyoming.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1813.
Location. 42° 1.851′ N, 104° 6.64′ W. Marker is near Torrington, Wyoming, in Goshen County. Marker is on U.S. 26 near Road 175, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Torrington WY 82240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Oregon Trail (approx. 3½ miles away); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 3.8 miles away); Cold Springs (approx. 3.8 miles away); Empire, Wyoming: African American Community Building in the West (approx. 3.9 miles away); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 3.9 miles away); Ben Trout Homestead Shack (approx. 4 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 4.4 miles away); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away in Nebraska). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Torrington.
Also see . . . The Astorians Discover South Pass - Wyoming State Historical Society. In August 1812, one of the natives whose people had used South Pass to cross the Rocky Mountains for centuries mentioned this natural corridor to an American fur trader. And the history of this great pass, as well as that of the United States, was set on a course of change. (Submitted on December 17, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 982 times since then and 178 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.