Near Bessemer Bend in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Marking Their Progress
Having journeyed from various departure points on the wooded banks of the Missouri River, emigrants now measured their progress, Mormon Pioneers were almost three-fourths of the way along to the Great Salt Lake Valley. The adventures bound for California had covered a third of the distance to their goal, while some families enroute to Oregon had farther yet to travel than the gold seekers. All had made the commitment of their lives, to start anew and affirmed the freedoms of their young nation.
William Clayton identified "Prospect Hill" as offering a:
"Pleasant view of the surrounding country, to the Sweet Water mountains."
Westward from here, emigrants would never again be out of view of mountains - landscapes both inspiring and forbidding, higher in elevation than any they had known east of the Mississippi River.
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail series list.
Location. 42° 46.461′ N, 106° 31.815′ W. Marker is near Bessemer Bend, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker is on Bessemer Bend Road (Route 308) near Speas Road (Route 311), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14456 Bessemer Bend Road, Casper WY 82604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Among Many (within shouting distance of this marker); Witnessing the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Science Visits the West (within shouting distance of this marker); Reluctant Farewells (within shouting distance of this marker); Shape of the Future (within shouting distance of this marker); Ranching Takes Its Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Queen City of the West (within shouting distance of this marker); Red Buttes (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bessemer Bend.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Bureau of Land Management's Bessemer Bend Historic Site.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 321 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.