Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Mining plays a fundamental role in the history of the South Pass region. Gold may have been discovered as early as 1842, but gold fever did not strike until 1867 when a sample of South Pass ore arrived in Salt Lake City. News of the discovery spread swiftly and hordes of expectant millionaires descended on the new towns of South Pass City, Atlantic City, and Miner's Delight. The boom played out quickly. The easily obtained placer gold was rapidly exhausted and miners began leaving the area in the early 1870s.
Despite the brief duration of the boom, mining activity did not cease. In 1884, an enterprising Frenchman named Emile Granier began organizing the construction of a hydraulic gold mining system which employed many local residents over a ten year period. The Fisher Dredge Company recovered
Location. 42° 22.934′ N, 108° 53.846′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 0.8 miles north of Lander Cutoff Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the South Pass Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Meadows in the Sage (within shouting distance of this marker); Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (approx. 2.8 miles away); Old Oregon Trail (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (approx. 2.8 miles away); Oregon Buttes (approx. 2.9 miles away); Lander Cut-Off on the Oregon Trail (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pacific Springs (approx. 4.2 miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lander.
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