Near Farson in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Lombard Ferry
Many famous emigrant parties were thought to have crossed here. This include: 1841 - Bartleson-Bidwell Party, the first wagon train of emigrants to California; 1843 - Applegate Party, the first large group of emigrants headed to Oregon; 1846 - Donner Party, the ill-fated group stranded by snow in the Sierras; 1847 - Brigham Young and the first Mormon emigrants who settled Utah; 1856 - the first Mormon Handcart Companies of emigrants who literally pulled their own belongings across the plains.
Mariett Foster Cummings, a young woman on her way to California, recorded the experience in her diary for June 28, 1852,
"Started before sunrise in order to get to the ferry of Green River, which we did by eight o'clock. Green River is a deep, swift stream 200 feet wide. A rope ferry and a moderate charge of $3 per wagon, 25 cents per head of horses."
William Lombard, for whom this site is named, operated the ferry from about 1880 into the early 20th century when bridges across the Green River ended the need for ferries.
Look across the peaceful river flowing
Erected by Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior and Rock Springs Wyoming Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 41° 52.812′ N, 109° 48.456′ W. Marker is near Farson, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 at milepost 102 near State Highway 372, 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 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Overland to Zion (here, next to this marker); One Day at a Time (a few steps from this marker); Crossing the Green River (a few steps from this marker); Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (a few steps from this marker); Ferrying Across the Green River (a few steps from this marker); "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants (approx. 12½ miles away); Burial on the Trail (approx. 12½ miles away); Death on the Trail (approx. 12½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farson.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.