Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Narcissa Prentiss Whitman
Eliza. Hart Spalding
July 4, 1836
Erected 1913 by Wyoming Oregon Trail Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • Women. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1836.
Location. 42° 20.587′ N, 108° 53.219′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is on Emigrant Trail near Oregon Bluffs Road, on the right when traveling west. 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. Old Oregon Trail (a few steps from this marker); South Pass (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oregon Buttes (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (approx. 2.8 miles away); Meadows in the Sage (approx. 2.8 Pacific Springs (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (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. This marker is located at the South Pass summit on the Oregon/California/Mormon/Pony Express Trail.
"Captain H.G. Nickesron, president of the Wyoming Oregon Trail Commission, chiseled this sign and many others like it between 1913 and 1921. He wrote in a letter, "It took me two days to cut 80 letters in the Whitman-Spalding stone." - Mike Jording, A Few Interested Residents, Wyoming Historical Markers & Monuments.
Also see . . .
1. Narcissa Whitman - Encyclopedia of World Biography. In 1836, American missionary Narcissa Whitman (1808–1847) became the first woman of European heritage to cross the Rocky Mountains into the western United States. She and her husband were on an arduous journey westward, hoping to bring Christianity to Native American tribes in the Columbia Plateau region in what is present-day Washington state. They built one of the first permanent settlements in the area, but 11 years later their mission was attacked after long-simmering tensions with the Cayuse erupted into violence, and both were killed. (Submitted on January 27, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. Eliza Spalding - Geni.com. Eliza was as interested in participating in missionary work as was Spalding. They married on October 13, 1833 in Hudson, New York. The memory of Eliza Hart Spalding's kindly spirit and deep devotion has continued in the Nez Perce country for more than one hundred years. (Submitted on January 27, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.