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

South Pass

 
 
South Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
1. South Pass Marker
Inscription. Even after the discovery of South Pass in 1824, it was years before the route was used extensively. Fur trapper/trader William Sublette brought a small caravan of wagons to South Pass in 1828. While his party did not take wagons over the pass, they demonstrated the feasibility of using them.

Captain Benjamin Bonneville took the first wagons over South Pass in 1832. But it was U.S. Government explorer, Lt. John Charles Fremont, who was responsible for publicizing the South Pass route. Scattered references to an easy passage over the Rockies had appeared in newspapers for a decade, but in 1842 Fremont created enthusiasm for South Pass by explaining that a traveler could go through it without any "toilsome ascents".

As knowledge of South Pass became widespread, a great western migration commenced. Thousands of Mormons, and future Oregonians and Californians, would cut a wide swath along the route in the next twenty years.
 
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. 42° 19.818′ N, 108° 58.354′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 0.7 miles
South Pass Overlook Interpretive Signs image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
2. South Pass Overlook Interpretive Signs
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. A different marker also named South Pass (here, next to this marker); The Fur Trade (a few steps from this marker); The Corridor West (within shouting distance of this marker); The Way West (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. 4.5 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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Entrance to South Pass Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
3. 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 384 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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