Guernsey in Platte County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Along the Oregon Trail, famed transcontinental route of the 19th century, pertinent dates are from the 1820's through the 1860's. Three outstanding recording areas exist within Wyoming: Register Cliff here; Independence Rock, 180 miles west; and Names Hill, a further 175 miles along the Trail's wandering course. Register Cliff and Names Hill are self-evident titles; Independence Rock derives from a July 4th 1825 observance which, according to some authorities, was staged by Mountain Men of Fur Trade fame.
Register Cliff invited emigrants because broad river bottoms offered pleasing campsites and excellent pasture. Hardship and illness were inevitable to Trail travel; of 55,000 emigrants during a peak years, some 5,000 died enroute. Cliffside graves attest to the high mortality. This being their lot, travelers eagerly sought and singularly valued recuperative layovers. Here, rest offered the opportunity to register.
But not all who registered were worn and grieving emigrants. early inscriptions were by Mountain Men inured to wilderness life -- many descendants of two centuries of French Fur Trade; One reads: 1829
Erected by State of Wyoming.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 42° 14.87′ N, 104° 42.677′ W. Marker is in Guernsey, Wyoming, in Platte County. Touch for map. Marker is in Register Cliff State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Guernsey WY 82214, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Register Cliff State Historic Site (here, next to this marker); Oregon Trail Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Centre Star Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); North Platte River (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lock and Roll Down a Rocky Road (approx. 1.2 miles away); Oregon Trail Ruts (approx. 2 miles away); The US Army’s Role in Protecting the Oregon Trail is Best Described by the Soldiers (approx. 2 miles away); Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guernsey.
More about this marker. Follow South Guernsey Road south out of Guernsey.
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