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

Split Rock Meadows

 
 
Split Rock Meadows Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2010
1. Split Rock Meadows Marker
Inscription. Shoshone, Arapaho, Crow and Sioux Indians occupied this pleasant valley long before the Oregon Trail, which changed their cultures and life styles forever. This led to tragic warfare and the eventual loss of country they had called their own.

Split Rock Relay Station, a crude log structure with a pole corral, was built at the base of the mass of rocks directly in front of you. It was used by both the Pony Express and the Overland Stage and until the early 1940s, was a U.S. Post Office.

The Pony Express generally followed the Oregon Trail through Wyoming to Fort Bridger which is located 185 miles west of here, then followed the existing mail route across Utah and Nevada to Sacramento, California.

A detachment of the 1st Independent Battalion Ohio Cavalry, which later became the 11th Ohio Cavalry, was garrisoned here in 1862. The troops provided escort for stagecoaches and emigrant wagon trains and protected the new telegraph lines.
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, the Oregon Trail, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 27.253′ N, 107° 32.745′ W. Marker is near Jeffrey City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker
Split Rock Meadows image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2010
2. Split Rock Meadows
View from US 287 west of the marker
can be reached from U.S. 287 one mile west of California Emigrant Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at a BLM interpretive pullout on the north side of US Route 287 approx. 16 miles east of Jeffrey City and approx. 8 miles northwest of State Route 220. Marker is in this post office area: Jeffrey City WY 82310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Split Rock (here, next to this marker); Pony Express (here, next to this marker); Trails to Opportunity (within shouting distance of this marker); Wild Horses (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Split Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Split Rock (approx. 3.2 miles away); Muddy Gap (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
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Split Rock Meadows image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2010
3. Split Rock Meadows
View from near marker
Split Rock viewed from US 287 west of markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2010
4. Split Rock viewed from US 287 west of markers
Split Rock Meadows Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
5. Split Rock Meadows Marker
This marker is on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on December 23, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   5. submitted on July 5, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
 
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