“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Sublette County Wyoming Historical Markers

"Hear Was Hundreds of Emigrants" Marker image, Touch for more information
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2016
"Hear Was Hundreds of Emigrants" Marker
Wyoming (Sublette County), Big Piney — "Hear Was Hundreds of Emigrants"
If you were here in the late 1860's, this quiet setting would be alive with noises from livestock, people, wagons, and water. As you continue along the trail, imagine sights and sounds of busy emigrants crossing the river and camping here. A . . . — Map (db m96869) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Big Piney — "We Busy Ourselves in Various Ways"
With an abundant supply of water, grass, and wood, many emigrants camped at least one night at the New Fork River. Laying over allowed emigrants to catch up on chores, rest and even play. We busy ourselves in various ways - some get a fine . . . — Map (db m100363) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Big Piney — 19th Century Interstate Highway — The Lander Trail
The Lander Trail, part of the Congressionally designated California National Historic Trail, was a shortcut of the main emigrant trails to California and Oregon, as well as to the new gold fields in Montana and Idaho. Emigrants started their . . . — Map (db m96954) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Big Piney — Building the Lander Trail
The swale (small trench) running left to right in front of you is a remnant of the old Lander Trail. It is unknown if this swale formed by repeated wagon use or during trail construction. Unlike all previous western emigrant trails - which evolved . . . — Map (db m96874) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Big Piney — Crossing the New Fork River
Frederick Lander carefully chose this place for the trail to cross the New Fork River. An island once split the river in two channels, allowing emigrants to ford without a bridge or ferry. There is a large island in the centre (sic), and the . . . — Map (db m96872) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Big Piney — Of Cattle and Men — Route of the Lander Cut-off
You are standing just north of the route taken by thousands of people, cattle and horses migrating west on the Lander Cut-off, the northern fork of the Oregon Trail, starting in 1858. None settled here then. By the late 1870s, cattle from the west . . . — Map (db m85813) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Big Piney — Rising to the Challenge of the New Fork River
The water runoff from nearby mountains changes seasonally and from year to year. Emigrants used a variety of methods for crossing, depending on how much water flowed in the New Fork River. Fording the New Fork: Low Water Crossing . . . — Map (db m96871) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Big Piney — The First Engines: Oxen, Mules, and Horses — Five Times More Animals
Livestock outnumbered emigrants five to one on the Lander Trail. A typical emigrant wagon needed four mules or 4-6 oxen to pull a wagon with up to 2,000 pounds of supplies. Emigrants also brought riding horses, milk cows, beef cattle, and even . . . — Map (db m100366) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Bondurant — Astorian Camp
On this site, Oct. 18, 1811, sixty-one Astorians of the Pacific Fur Company led by Wilson Price Hunt camped for 5 days. They were on their way to the Pacific Ocean from St. Louis and were the second group to cross the continent, just 5 years after . . . — Map (db m47078) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Bondurant — 390 — Church of St. Hubert the Hunter and Library
The National Register of Historic Places Wyoming Place No. 390 — Map (db m90924) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Bondurant — Hoback Canyon
West of this sign is the opening of Hoback Canyon. This canyon first provided a way through the mountains for game and Indians, and later for mountain men and settlers, but the rugged trail was hazardous for horses and wagons. On September 26, 1811, . . . — Map (db m90923) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Bondurant — Reverend Samuel Parker
In Tribute to Reverend Samuel Parker Who delivered the first Protestant sermon to Trappers, hunters, and Indians on Sunday, August 23, 1835, at this point. — Map (db m96721) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Boulder — “The Best Mountain Road in the West” — “A Cold Supper Was Eaten This Evening in Silence” — “Good Water, Abundance of Grass,” and Natural Gas!
This maker consists of three plaques, each dealing with the Lander Cut-off. “The Best Mountain Road in the West” In 1857, Congress funded construction of the Fort Kearney-South Pass-Honey Lakes Wagon Road (Lander . . . — Map (db m80540) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Boulder — Buckskin Crossing of the Big Sandy River
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 . . . — Map (db m96718) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Boulder — Lieutenant J.C. Fremont's Week in Sublette County
On June 10th, 1842, J. C. Fremont left St. Louis to explore the Wind River Mountains, with Kit Carson as guide, Charles Preuss, topographer, L. Maxwell, hunter, and 20 Canadian voyageurs, including Basil LaJeunesse. Eight two-wheeled mule-drawn . . . — Map (db m96720) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Boulder — Pronghorn Antelope and the High Cold Desert
Dominated by sagebrush grasslands, the "high cold desert" provides habitat for one of the largest pronghorn antelope herds in the world. This region is home to 40,000 to 60,000 antelope, known as the Sublette Herd. The pronghorn has keen eyesight . . . — Map (db m85809) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Boulder — Sand Springs - A Stop on the Oregon Trail
This site is a crossing of the Lander Cut-off, the northern fork of the Oregon Trail. Originally called the Fort Kearney-South Pass-Honey Lake Wagon Road when it opened in 1858, it was the first federally-funded road project west of the Mississippi . . . — Map (db m47092) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Boulder — To All Pioneers Who Passed This Way to Win and Hold the West
Route of Lander cut-off first government financed road in Wyoming. Officially called Ft. Kearney, South Pass and Honey Lake Road. Built in 1858 from Rocky Ridge to Ft. Hall to provide shorter route for emigrants. — Map (db m47093) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Cora — First Tie Drive on Green River
Because timber was scarce in neighboring states along the first transcontinental railroad line, the tie business flourished here and in other Wyoming mountain locations. Ties were cut in winter, stored on the river bank until spring, and floated . . . — Map (db m80522) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Cora — Gros Ventre Lodge
This lodge, one of the earliest dude ranches in Wyoming, was built on the hill beyond in 1897 by William (Billy) Wells and operated until 1906. It was name for the Little Gros Ventre (now Tosi Creek) and was known locally as “Dog Ranch: . . . — Map (db m80523) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Daniel — First Holy Mass in Wyoming
Holy Mass was offered here for the first time in Wyoming by Father DeSmet July 5 1840 — Map (db m80516) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Daniel — 39 — Fort Bonneville
In May of 1832, Captain Benjamin Bonneville left Fort Osage, Missouri with an expedition consisting of one hundred and ten men and twenty wagons, headed for the Rocky Mountain West. Upon his arrival in the Green River Valley, he ordered immediate . . . — Map (db m80521) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Daniel — Green River Rendezvous
From the first big beaver season in 1824 to the last Rendezvous in 1840, the Green River Valley was the center of the Rocky Mountain fur trade. Six of the 16 summer Rendezvous (1833, 1835, 1836, 1837, 1839, 1840) were held here at the confluence of . . . — Map (db m80517) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Daniel — Narcissa Prentiss Whitman — Eliza Hart Spalding
To Narcissa Prentiss Whitman and Eliza Hart Spalding Missionaries First white women in Wyoming and First women over Oregon Trail 1836 July 6 to July 18 was spent at “Green River Rendezvous” . . . — Map (db m80518) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Daniel — Pinckey W. Sublette — Died 1865
Buried on Fontenelle Creek, exhumed 1897, taken to the U.S.Circuit Court at St. Louis, Mo., returned by a court order to Sublette County, Wyoming to be buried here July 27, 1935. Placed July 4, 1936 The Historical Landmark Commission of . . . — Map (db m80513) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Daniel — The Prairie of the Mass
Rev. Pierre DeSmet (1801-1873) was born in Belgium but came to America in 1821, joined by the Jesuit Society and began his work with the Indians. In his work, he established 16 treaties, crossed the ocean 19 times and traveled 180,000 miles on his . . . — Map (db m80512) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Farson — "Parting of the Ways"
This marks a fork in the trail, right to Oregon, left to Utah and California. 1812, Robert Stuart and eastbound Astorians used South Pass gateway. 1824, Eleven westbound Ashley-Henry men led by Jedediah Smith and Thomas Fitzpatrick. . . . — Map (db m67035) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Farson — Parting of the Ways
Trail ruts at this site were mistakenly identified as the Parting-of-the-Ways where emigrant parties separated on their journeys to Oregon, California, or Utah. The actual Parting-of-the-Ways is approximately 10 miles west of this spot. Where . . . — Map (db m67034) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Farson — Parting of the Ways
This point on the trail is called the Parting-of-the-Ways. The trail to the right is the Sublette or Greenwood Cutoff and to the left is the main route of the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails. The Sublette Cutoff was opened in 1844 because it . . . — Map (db m96684) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Farson — The Parting of the Ways
In July 1844 the California bound Stevens-Townsend-Murphy wagon train, guided by Isaac Hitchcock and 81-year old Caleb Greenwood, passed this point and continued nine and one half miles southwest from here, to a place destined to become prominent in . . . — Map (db m67036) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Farson — To All Pioneers Who Passed This Way to Win and Hold the West
Route of Sublette cut-off from Big Sandy to Bear River. Traversed after 1843 by emigrants to Oregon and California. — Map (db m47096) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Pinedale — A Pause on a Journey
On Oct. 16, 1812, the Astorians (Robert Stuart, Ramsay Crooks, Robert McClellan, Joseph Miller, Benjamin Jones, Francis Eclair and Andy Vallee) passed this way and forded Pine Creek near here, the first white men known to have seen it. They were . . . — Map (db m90931) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Pinedale — Pinedale Historic District — 1904 - 1905
Mr. John F. Patterson, known as the Founder of Pinedale, proposed establishing a town at this location. He offered to build and stock a general store if local ranchers Charles A. Petersen and Mr. Robert O. Graham each donated five acres for the town . . . — Map (db m90929) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Pinedale — Rendezvous - Birth of an Empire
The river below is the Green. The mountains to the west are the Wyomings (Bear Rivers). Those to the the east, the Windrivers. Along the river banks below are the Rendezvous sites of 1833, 1835 (New Fork), 1836, 1837 (Cottonwood), 1839, 1840 and . . . — Map (db m80511) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Pinedale — The Naming of a Lake
Sir William Drummond Stewart of Scotland can be called Wyoming's first tourist. Stewart attended every summer rendezvous from 1833 to 1838, during the heyday of the mountain man fur trade. Four of those gatherings took place nearby, at the . . . — Map (db m90928) HM
Wyoming (Sublette County), Pinedale — Welcome to the Riparian Community of Duck Creek
Duck Creek riparian community is a diverse and complex society of living organisms. Wild brown trout feed on caddisfly nymphs, which live in self-made stick and stone shelters, clinging to the rocks. Yellow warblers and flycatchers next in willow . . . — Map (db m47080) HM

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