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Near Mills in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Emigrant Gap Historical Site

 
 
Emigrant Gap Historical Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
1. Emigrant Gap Historical Site Marker
Inscription.  Many emigrant pioneers passed through this gap, or opening, in Emigrant Ridge between the 1840s and the 1880s as they traveled the Oregon-Mormon Trail by oxen-drawn wagons, on horseback, or on foot. The trail generally followed the North Platte River from the Scottsbluff, Nebraska area to crossings near Fort Caspar (just 8 miles east), which was active between 1862 and 1867. The trail departed from the North Platte River near Fort Caspar, meandering overland toward Willow Springs, Ryan (Prospect) Hill, the Sweetwater River drainage, Independence Rock, South Pass, and beyond to Utah, Oregon and California. From this point the emigrants had a sweeping view to the west, the scene of their next weeks journey. Emigrant Gap signified the departure from the North Platte River valley and the beginning of the ascent into the Rocky Mountains. The trail crossed over the Continental divide at South Pass. From here you can follow Poison Spider Road to Oregon Trail Road which closely parallels the route of the Oregon-Mormon Trail.
 
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
 
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 42° 50.676′ N, 106° 32.34′ W. Marker is near Mills, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker is on Poison Spider Road (Emigrant Trail Road) (County Route 201) near County Route 306, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12190 Poison Spider Road, Casper WY 82604, 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. First Among Many (approx. 4.9 miles away); Marking Their Progress (approx. 4.9 miles away); Reluctant Farewells (approx. 4.9 miles away); Science Visits the West (approx. 4.9 miles away); Witnessing the Past (approx. 4.9 miles away); Shape of the Future (approx. 4.9 miles away); Ranching Takes Its Place (approx. 4.9 miles away); Red Buttes (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Emigrant Gap Historical Site is approximately 10 miles west of Mills.

There are two roads named Poison Spider that are approximately
Emigrant Gap Historical Site Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
2. Emigrant Gap Historical Site Marker
parallel to each other but are some distance apart. The southeasterly, gravel road is the correct one.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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