Near Farson in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The California Gold Rush period, with its large increase in emigrant numbers, seems to mark the beginning of ill feelings and openly hostile acts. The large emigrant numbers disturbed the game herds upon which the Indians heavily depended. The emigrants' cut all the available wood and their livestock overgrazed the trail corridor. Confrontations increased and the paying of a tribute to cross tribal lands became a common practice.
Indians suffered heavier losses than did the emigrants. In the 20-year period from 1840 to 1860, only 362 emigrants were killed by Indians. Large groups of emigrants were seldom attacked, and most deaths resulted when individuals were out hunting
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° 59.91′ N, 109° 37.354′ 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. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pilot Butte & "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants (a few steps from this marker); First Transcontinental Telegraph (a few steps from this marker); Continuing the Journey West (within shouting distance of this marker); Pilot Butte (within shouting distance of this marker); Burial on the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants (within shouting distance of this marker); Death on the Trail (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. Sign donated by the Wyoming Centennial Commission.
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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 350 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.