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

Union Pass

Union Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2016
1. Union Pass Marker
Inscription.  Union Pass, so named in 1860 by Captain William F. Raynolds during the Hayden Surveys of Wyoming, provides access across the Continental Divide in the Northern Wind River Mountains. Ancient peoples used this pass for centuries, with use by fur trappers beginning in the early 1800’s. Wilson Price Hunt, an Astorian, crossed Union Pass in 1811, seeking buffalo to feed his party while en route to the mouth of the Columbia River. Jedediah Smith camped with the Mountain Crow during the winter of 1823-24 near Dubois, Wyoming and learned of Union Pass. Because of the deep snows, his attempt to cross failed. The Crow then told him of another pass, later named South Pass, which became the route through the mountains for the Oregon, Mormon and California Trails. Mountain men Jedediah Smith, William Sublette, Robert Campbell, Jim Bridger, and David Jackson also crossed while trapping for beaver. Union Pass is the source of the three major rivers in the American West. To the north, the waters of the Wind River flow to the Gulf of Mexico; the waters of the Green River to the south flow to the Gulf of California and the waters of the Gros Ventre to the northwest
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2016
2. Union Pass Marker
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flow to the Pacific Ocean via the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Union Pass offers a majestic view of the Rocky Mountains including the Wind River Range, the Absaroka Mountains, the Gros Ventre Mountains, the Teton Range and the Wyoming Range. As those who came before us, abundant wildlife and alpine vegetation can be viewed year round in this beautiful high altitude setting of 9,210 feet.
Erected by Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 43° 35.942′ N, 109° 47.106′ W. Marker is near Dubois, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 287 and Union Pass Road, on the left when traveling west on U.S. 287. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4651 US Highway 287, Dubois WY 82513, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Union Pass (a few steps from this marker); Tie Hack Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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