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Sand Spring - A Stop on the Oregon Trail

 
 
Sand Spring - A Stop on the Oregon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 11, 2011
1. Sand Spring - A Stop on the Oregon Trail Marker
Inscription. This site is a crossing of the Lander Cut-off, the northern fork of the Oregon Trail. Originally called the Fort Kearney-South Pass-Honey Lake Wagon Road when it opened in 1858, it was the first federally-funded road project west of the Mississippi River.

F.W. Lander mapped this new route, shortening the trip to the Pacific by 5 days and avoiding a ferry crossing to the south where price gouging was alleged. Sand Springs was the only reliable water available to emigrants between Muddy Creek, 8 miles to the east, and the New Fork River, 10 miles to the west. Until the coming of the railroad in 1869, up to 300 wagons and thousands of cattle, horses and mules may have passed here in a day. The trail ruts visible behind this sign and continuing over the next ridge are reminders of the largest known voluntary migration in world history.

From homesteading in the 1880s until use of the automobile in the 1920s, Sand Springs remained an important watering hole for travelers and stock on the north/south New Fork to Rock Springs wagon road.

Public access to Lander Trail ruts is behind you to the east, just across U.S. Highway 191 on Bureau of Land Management ground. Please respect private property and historic artifacts.
 
Erected by Sublette County Museum Board.
 
Location.

Ruts on the Oregon Trail image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 11, 2011
2. Ruts on the Oregon Trail
42° 37.58′ N, 109° 39.531′ W. Marker is in Boulder, Wyoming, in Sublette County. Marker is on U.S. 191 1.8 miles west of Wyoming Highway 351, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boulder WY 82923, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “The Best Mountain Road in the West” (within shouting distance of this marker); To All Pioneers Who Passed This Way to Win and Hold the West (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lieutenant J.C. Fremont's Week in Sublette County (approx. 9 miles away); Rising to the Challenge of the New Fork River (approx. 9.8 miles away); Crossing the New Fork River (approx. 9.8 miles away); "We Busy Ourselves in Various Ways" (approx. 9.8 miles away); The First Engines: Oxen, Mules, and Horses (approx. 9.8 miles away); Building the Lander Trail (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boulder.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 878 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 12, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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