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Buckskin Crossing of the Big Sandy River

 
 
Buckskin Crossing of the Big Sandy River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2016
1. Buckskin Crossing of the Big Sandy River Marker
Inscription. The place where this road crosses the Big Sandy River, to your left, is known as Buckskin Crossing. This has been a campsite and river ford for hundreds if not thousands of years, part of the ancient trail system linking South Pass to the Upper Green River Valley via the western foothills of the Wind River Range.
First noted in 1812 by Robert Stuartís Astorian party returning from the Pacific Coast, the site was heavily used by the mountain men, including Jim Bridger, Jed Smith, and William Sublette, as they pursued the beaver trade in the 1820s and 1830s. Supply trains crossed here enroute to Rendezvous held near todayís Daniel, Wyoming. These caravans brought the areaís first tourist, William Drummond Stewart, its first artist, Alfred Jacob Miller, and the Westís first white women, Eliza Spaulding and Narcissa Whitman.
In his first trip exploring the West in 1842, John Charles Fremont, guided by mountain man Kit Carson, “nooned” here the week before climbing Fremont Peak.
Frederick Lander used the crossing in 1857-1859, while surveying and building the first federally funded road, the “Lander Cutoff” of the Oregon Trail. His route followed the old Indian trail from South Pass, but from this point cut a new track west across the desert. Water, forage and firewood made Buckskin Crossing a favored
Buckskin Crossing of the Big Sandy River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2016
2. Buckskin Crossing of the Big Sandy River Marker
campsite for tens of thousands of emigrants along the Cutoff preparing to cross the basin to the Green River. At least nine emigrant graves lie in the grassy area below this sign. Remnants of the Lander Trail can be seen across the river, coming down the hill just to the left of todayís road.
According to local legend, the crossing was named in the late 1800s for a hunter and trapper called “Buckskin Joe,” who lived in a cabin near here with his wife and daughter.
All land below this hill and along the river is private property. Please stay on the main road.
 
Erected by Sublette County Museum Board.
 
Location. 42° 33.81′ N, 109° 22.116′ W. Marker is in Boulder, Wyoming, in Sublette County. Marker is on Big Sandy Elkhorn Road (State Highway 353) near Lander Cut-off Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2552 Big Sandy Elkhorn Road, Boulder WY 82923, United States of America.
 
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Big Sandy River image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2016
3. Big Sandy River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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