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

Rocky Ridge

 
 
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By Tracy Scussel, July 19, 2016
1. Rocky Ridge Marker
Inscription. At 7000 feet above sea level, Rocky Ridge is the highest point on the Mormon and Oregon Trails. This elevation, lack of water, and rugged landscape presented a challenge to early pioneers. The trail over Rocky Ridge is approximately two miles long and ascends over 700 feet in elevation . This ridge was particularly difficult during the 1856 rescue of the Mormon Willie and Martin Handcart Companies. The Willie Company crossed Rocky Ridge in severe winter conditions in a state of starvation. Their ascent began on October 22, 1856. It took 27 hours for the journey of 15 miles from the base of Rocky Ridge to Rock Creek. Poor clothing, including worn out shoes, was the cause of this area being called the Trail of Blood.
 
Erected 1992 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Riverton Wyoming Stake.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 27.773′ N, 108° 26.225′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is on Oregon Trail, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as
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By Tracy Scussel, July 19, 2016
2. Rocky Ridge Marker
the crow flies. Willie Rescue Site (approx. 1.5 miles away); Willie’s Handcart Company (approx. 9.6 miles away); Beaver Rim and the Wind River Range (approx. 11.3 miles away); Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (approx. 11.3 miles away); Red Canyon Wildlife Habitat Management Area (approx. 13.3 miles away); Red Canyon (approx. 13.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is approximately 15 miles, as the crow flies, south west of Sweetwater Station on the Oregon Trail,
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 9, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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