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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Farson in Sublette County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Parting of the Ways

 
 
Parting of the Ways Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
1. Parting of the Ways Marker
Inscription. Trail ruts at this site were mistakenly identified as the Parting-of-the-Ways where emigrant parties separated on their journeys to Oregon, California, or Utah.

The actual Parting-of-the-Ways is approximately 10 miles west of this spot. Where you are standing now is part of the main Oregon Trail over which 350,000 - 500,000 people passed on their way West between 1844 and 1869.

Look closely at the ground between the pullout fence and the monuments. The uneven "ridges" in the ground are trail ruts made by the passage of iron-wheeled freight wagons and stagecoaches on a road that connected South Pass with the Union Pacific Railroad in Green River, southwest of this spot. The freight road was used from about 1870 to 1900 - and the resulting ruts caused the confusion later with the actual Parting-of-the-Ways west of here.

Enjoy and appreciate your trail resources, but remember that they are very fragile. Please ensure that you visit doesn't result in any disturbance to the Trail.
 
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° 17.089′ N, 109° 3.538′ W. Marker is near Farson, Wyoming, in
Parting of the Ways Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
2. Parting of the Ways Marker
Marker to the Left
Sublette County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 7 miles north of Sqaw Road (Route BLM4106). Touch for map. Marker is accessible from scenic pull-out on State Route 28. 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. A different marker also named "Parting of the Ways" (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Parting of the Ways (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oregon Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Way West (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Corridor West (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Fur Trade (approx. 5.4 miles away); South Pass (approx. 5.4 miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farson.
 
Also see . . .  Parting of the Ways. Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. (Submitted on July 26, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
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Oregon Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
3. Oregon Trail
View to the West
Oregon Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
4. Oregon Trail
View to the East
Three "Parting of the Ways" Markers at this Location image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
5. Three "Parting of the Ways" Markers at this Location
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 26, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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