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Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Way West

 
 
The Way West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
1. The Way West Marker
Inscription. With South Pass behind them, Oregon and California-bound travelers faced the second half of their journey. The roughest travel was yet to come. From Missouri to South Pass, emigrants were able to follow rivers. But from South Pass to Oregon and California, they faced dry stretches such as the high-altitude desert of the Green River Basin. The dry climate played havoc with wagon wheels that kept shrinking wood away from iron rims.

Approximately 20 miles on the trail west of this place, emigrants arrived at the Sublette Cutoff, also known as the Parting-of-the-Ways. It was there that groups separated, some going to Oregon, some to Utah and others to California. Whatever their destination, every day they struggled with life along the trail. Lonely graves, most unmarked, are testimony to thousands of lives taken by cholera, accidents - especially at river crossings, and childbirth. Attacks by Native Americans were often feared, but almost never occurred.

It may be hard to visualize the lives of these people, but a short walk into the landscape allows us insight into some of the problems they faced.
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location.
View to the Southwest image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
2. View to the Southwest
42° 19.802′ N, 108° 58.37′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 0.7 miles south of Lander-Pinedale Stage Road. Touch for map. Marker is one of five interpretive signs at the South Pass Overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Corridor West (a few steps from this marker); South Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named South Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fur Trade (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacific Springs (approx. 1.4 miles away); Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (approx. 4.5 miles away); Old Oregon Trail (approx. 4.5 miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lander.
 
More about this marker. Sign donated by First Security Bank of Rock Springs; Roger A. Weidner, President & CEO.
 
Also see . . .  South Pass - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
 
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South Pass Overlook Interpretive Signs image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
3. South Pass Overlook Interpretive Signs
Entrance to South Pass Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
4. Entrance to South Pass Overlook
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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