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Syracuse in Davis County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Old Emigrant Road

 
 
The Old Emigrant Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Johnson, September 23, 2018
1. The Old Emigrant Road Marker
Inscription. The Old Emigrant Road started at Salt Lake City, Utah, and ended at the City of the Rocks, Idaho, where it formed a junction with the California Trail. This road was also known as Bluff Road, Old Traveled Road, and the Salt Lake Cutoff. It was established as the most practical way to reach the California Trail from Utah because it avoided hills and sand, and provided feed and water for the livestock. Hasting’s Cutoff, the alternate route, had proved impractical for wagons and livestock.

This Old Emigrant Road was used for many years by local residents as it was the easiest way to travel to the various communities in the valley. The road was first used by Captain Samuel Hensley with ten men, August 1848. Upon his advice, Mormon Battalion members returning from California also traveled this road. This contingent of forty-five men and one woman, with seventeen wagons took this trail on their way to Salt Lake City.

In 1849-1850 an estimated 22,500 gold seekers followed this northern route to the California gold fields. From 1852 to 1857 homeseeking emigrants with their families used this road on their way to Oregon and California.
 
Erected 1989 by Rachel Layton Warren Camp, Iris Camp, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 450.)
 
Marker series.
The Old Emigrant Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Johnson, September 23, 2018
2. The Old Emigrant Road Marker
This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 41° 4.657′ N, 112° 4.126′ W. Marker is in Syracuse, Utah, in Davis County. Marker is on Bluff Road 0.3 miles north of 2700 South, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 South Bluff Road, Syracuse UT 84075, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Syracuse First Social Center (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historical Wilcox Cabin (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Weinel Mill (approx. 7.4 miles away); Ogden City Wall (approx. 10.9 miles away); John Moses Browning Home (approx. 10.9 miles away); Ogden Union Depot (approx. 10.9 miles away); Major Drug Company (approx. 11 miles away); Watkins Grocery and Cranshaw Photography (approx. 11 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Syracuse.
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Modern Bluff Road image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Johnson, September 23, 2018
3. Modern Bluff Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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