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

A Path Well-Traveled

A Path Well-Traveled Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
1. A Path Well-Traveled Marker
Inscription. Southern Wyoming has served as a major travel corridor since the mid 1800s – and for good reason. Emigrants traveling west needed safe routes where food and water were available. Guides familiar with the region determined the best route was across the basins of Wyoming, passing north of the southern Rocky Mountains. Over the next century, stagecoach routes, railroads, telegraph and telephone lines, and roadways would be established along this corridor.

Emigrant Trails

Emigrant trails included the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails to the north and the Cherokee and Overland Trails, which followed a more southern path. More than 500,000 emigrants traveled these westward routes across Wyoming to new lives in California, the Salt Lake Valley, and the Pacific Northwest.

Pony Epress

Pony Express horseback riders carried mail in relay between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California in only 10 days. Stations, where riders would change horses, were spaced about 10 miles apart along the 2,000-mile trail.

Transcontinental Telegraph

The Pacific Telegraph Company ran its cross-country telegraph line through southern Wyoming in the early 1860s. At the time, the telegraph served as the only instantaneous communication link between
Bear River State Park Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
2. Bear River State Park Markers
the east and west coasts.

Overland Stage Route

The Overland Stage carried over 20,000 travelers a year, including prominent people of the era like Mark Twain and Horace Greeley. At one time, the trail was the only route on which the government allowed travel, due to Indian conflicts on the Oregon trail.

Transcontinental Railroad

One of the greatest American technological feats of the 19th century was the building of the transcontinental railroad. The railroad crossed southern Wyoming to take advantage of the low grade and to stay close to coal deposits it relied on for fuel.

Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway was the first roadway to span the continent. Publications, like the 1913 Lincoln Highway Guide, helped travelers traverse the 3,000 miles between New York City and San Francisco. The highway became US 30 within Wyoming in 1928 and evolved into I-80 during the 1960s and 1970s.

Transcontinental Telephone Line

The first transcontinental telephone line followed the same path through Wyoming as the transcontinental railroad. Today, fiber-optic cables transport modern-day telecommunications along this historic travel corridor.

What Are These Buildings?
The red brick buildings, distributed along I-80, are telephone
Bear River State Park Travel Information Center image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
3. Bear River State Park Travel Information Center
line equalizer stations that clear, strengthen, and direct telephone transmissions.

Transcontinental Mail Route 1920
Airmail planes generally followed the route of the Union Pacific Railroad. The aircrafts required frequent refueling with stops at Cheyenne, Rawlins, Rock springs and Evanston.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Location. 41° 15.885′ N, 110° 55.995′ W. Marker is in Evanston, Wyoming, in Uinta County. Marker can be reached from Bear River Drive 0.3 miles south of Interstate 80, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Bear River State Park Travel Information Center approx. 0.3 miles south of I-80 Exit 6. Marker is in this post office area: Evanston WY 82931, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wyoming's Sagebrush Sea (here, next to this marker); Bear River Watershed (here, next to this marker); The Wyoming State Hospital (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lincoln Highway — Sunset Cabins (approx. one mile away); Evanston (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Brick Church
A Path Well-Traveled Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
4. A Path Well-Traveled Marker
Close-up of map on marker
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Uinta County Courthouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); Evanston Downtown Historic District (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Evanston.
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