“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Sweetwater Station in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

Women of Sixth Crossing

Women of Sixth Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
1. Women of Sixth Crossing Marker
Inscription.  Late in the year of 1856, the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies and the Hunt and Hodgetts Wagon Companies left Iowa City for their journey westward. Near this spot, these companies crossed the Sweetwater River for the sixth time, thus the name Sixth Crossing.
Because the companies left late in the year, they encounter severe winter storms, suffering from cold, rain and snow. Barely surviving on scant rations, they were rescued by a relief party from Salt Lake City, Utah, sent by Brigham Young. With much faith in each footstep, they struggled on through thick dust, mud and snow.
We pause to remember all the pioneer women who crossed the ocean and the plains, forded streams and rivers - some which were covered with ice, bore children along the way, and lost and buried loved ones. The women gathered anything that would burn for their fires and cooked from meager supplies. They came with but little but gave their all on the journey west.
Bound together in faith and with tears of joy and sorrow, mothers, daughters, and sisters worked together for one cause and one purpose. The walked on, enduring one of the most tragic, yet
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most heroic events of the pioneers going west. They left a treasured legacy to their descendants.
Erected 2008 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers: Fremont Company, Wyoming * Benton Company, Washington. (Marker Number 537.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersSettlements & SettlersWomen. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and the Mormon Pioneer Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 42° 32.376′ N, 108° 10.962′ W. Marker is near Sweetwater Station, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from Wyoming 789 (U.S. 287) near Wyoming Highway 135, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4189 Wyoming 789, Lander WY 82520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Sweetwater Valley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oregon Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sweetwater Willows (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sweetwater Station (approx. half a mile away); Sixth Crossing (approx. 3.1 miles away); Beaver Rim and the Wind River Range (approx. 6.3 miles away); Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (approx. 6.3 miles away); Ice Slough (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sweetwater Station.
Women of Sixth Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
2. Women of Sixth Crossing Marker

More about this marker. This marker is located at the Mormon Handcart Visitors Center.
Also see . . .  The Handcart Trail - Fourwheeler. When the combined companies of Hodgett, Hunt, and Martin used this trail, they were headed for the sixth crossing of the Sweetwater River. Because of the winding path the Sweetwater River takes through Wyoming, travelers crossed it six times. For the 1856 pioneers, they were breaking ice to cross the water on foot. When the Hodgett Wagons crossed for the sixth time on November 18, they did so in blowing snow and extremely cold weather. (Submitted on July 12, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 642 times since then and 135 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 12, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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