Near Guernsey in Platte County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Register Cliff State Historic Site
West of Register Cliff the landscape changes, presenting new challenges for the emigrants. Limited water and rugged terrain made travel more difficult as they journeyed across the plains of southern Wyoming toward Fort Bridger, the next major supply point - 368 miles away.
Register Cliff represents one of the best ‘trail registers in the desert’. Countless emigrants inscribed their names, dates, places of origin, and messages into the sandstone cliffs. The earliest inscriptions date back to the fur traders and trappers who passed through this region in the early 1800’s.
In the 1870s and 1880s, ranchers and homesteaders moved into this area. Charles A. Guernsey, for whom the town of Guernsey is named, came here in June of 1880, trailing cattle from Colorado. The Guernsey Cattle Company was established the following year with “999” (Three-Nine) as its brand.
Guernsey established his ranch at the base of Register Cliff and continued to operate it until 1926. Subsequently the Henry Frederick family settled in the area and ranching continues to this day.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1880.
Location. 42° 14.871′ N, 104° 42.681′ W. Marker is near Guernsey, Wyoming, in Platte County. Marker is on unnamed road near South Guernsey Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Guernsey WY 82214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Register Cliff (here, next to this marker); Oregon Trail Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Centre Star Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); North Platte River (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lock and Roll Down a Rocky Road (approx. 1.2 miles away); Oregon Trail Ruts (approx. 2 miles away); The US Army’s Role in Protecting the Oregon Trail is Best Described by the Soldiers (approx. 2 miles away); Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guernsey.
More about this marker. These panels are located at the Register Cliffs kiosk.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 490 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 22, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.