Near Farson in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Burial on the Trail
Many emigrants worried about the lack of propriety of a simple grave on the windswept prairie and vowed to return and provide a "proper" resting place.
Few of the thousands of emigrant graves have been located. The wind and snow soon obliterated any evidence of them. Markers disappeared, and in some cases, wild animals scavenged the graves. Stories of family members later returning to search for a loved one's final resting place are common, but the searches were usually fruitless.
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. 41° 59.898′ N, 109° 37.375′ W. Marker is near Farson, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 11½ miles west of U.S. 191, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farson WY 82932, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Continuing the Journey West (a few steps from this marker); "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); Pilot Butte & "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); Emigrant/Indian Relations (within shouting distance of this marker); Death on the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Pilot Butte (within shouting distance of this marker); First Transcontinental Telegraph (within shouting distance of this marker); Simpson's Hollow (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farson.
More about this marker. Marker is one of eight interpretive signs at the Pilot Butte Emigrant Trails Interpretive Site.
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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 351 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.