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Farson, Wyoming Historical Markers

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By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
"Parting of the Ways" Marker
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 (Sweetwater County), Farson — "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants
Graves were an all-to-frequent reminder of the dangers of overland travel. Most emigrant journals record death, burial, or passing graves during the day's travel. Most burials along the trail were hasty affairs. The official Company Journal of . . . — Map (db m67045) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Burial on the Trail
Death on the trail did not allow for the fineries of the funerals back home. Emigrants made do with materials available. Black would adorn the clothes of mourners, and care would be taken to provide the best funeral possible. The most travelers . . . — Map (db m67044) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Burning Wagons
Brigham Young sent the Utah Militia, also known as the Nauvoo Legion, to harass the Federal troops and delay their approach. In the early hours of October 4th, Major Lot Smith of the Utah Militia and 40 men captured and burned two supply trains, . . . — Map (db m67040) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Continuing the Journey West
Just a few miles from where you're standing, the emigrants would come to the first of several trail "splits" that would take them to a crossing on the Green River where they would camp for the evening. Even with South Pass behind them, Oregon . . . — Map (db m67043) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Crossing the Green River The Oregon Trail
Crossing rivers was the most dangerous activity emigrants faced on their journey west. By the time weary pioneers enroute (sic) to Oregon, California, or Utah reached the east bank of the Green River, they had been on the trail for several months. . . . — Map (db m90015) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Death on the Trail
Death was a constant companion for emigrants headed west. It is estimated that 10,000 to 30,000 people died and were buried along the trails between 1843 and 1869. Cholera and other diseases were the most common cause of death. People didn't . . . — Map (db m67046) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Emigrant/Indian Relations
Relations between emigrants using the trails and the Indians were inconsistent during the migration period. While hostile acts and violent confrontation did occur, they have been overemphasized in trail history. During the early migration period of . . . — Map (db m67049) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Ferrying Across the Green River
If you look down the river about 250 yards on the right side - there's a wooden ferry. The ferry you see was built by Forrest Cramer of Pinedale, Wyoming in 1997 of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail. . . . — Map (db m88481) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — First Transcontinental Telegraph
In 1859, the California legislature offered $6,000 a year for the first overland telegraph. This was followed by an act of the United States Congress on June 16, 1860, pledging $40,000 a year for ten years for carrying government messages. With . . . — Map (db m67048) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — 26 — Little Sandy Crossing
On Monday evening, June 28, 1847, Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers met James Bridger and party near this place. Both companies encamped here over night and conferred at length regarding the route and the possibility of establishing and . . . — Map (db m47138) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Little Sandy Crossing
This spot where the old Oregon and Mormon Trails cross the Little Sandy River (or Creek) was a popular camping and resting place for travelers headed to Oregon, California and Utah. Indeed, this site is one of the most significant landmarks on the . . . — Map (db m96697) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — One Day at a Time The Oregon Trail
For the hundreds of people heading west, life was one day at a time. The travelers had settled into the monotonous routine of life on the trail - up before dawn, an early breakfast, hitch up the stock, and begin the day's journey. Upon safely . . . — Map (db m90035) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Overland to Zion
The emigration of Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-dat Saints) converts to Utah is a fascinating chapter of the overall American westering experience of the 19th century. In search of religious freedom and an end to persecution, Mormon . . . — Map (db m88477) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Pilot Butte
On the horizon about 25 miles to the south is Pilot Butte. An important landmark, Pilot Butte served as a guide post separating South Pass trails from the more southerly Overland Trail that crossed southern Wyoming. Oddly enough, Pilot Butte was . . . — Map (db m67047) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Pilot Butte & "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants
Welcome to the Pilot Butte Emigrant Trails Interpretive Site. The purpose of the site is to help you gain a sense of what life was like for the 400,000 emigrants who left their homes to seek a new life in the West. They were seeking wealth, . . . — Map (db m67042) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
Just as the Green River was important to emigrant as a source of life-giving water and wildlife, it is important to us today a century and half later for the same reasons. Siskadee Agie is a Crow Indian term meaning "River of the Prairie Hen." . . . — Map (db m90036) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Simpson's Hollow
One of only three significant engagements of the Utah War, the incident at Simpson's Hollow played a key role in the conflict. The Utah War (1857-1858) was the result of a lack of communication between the U.S. Government and the Utah Territory . . . — Map (db m67038) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Simpson's Hollow
Here on Oct. 6, 1857, U.S. Army supply wagons led by a Capt. Simpson were burned by Major Lot Smith and 43 Utah Militia men. They were under orders from Brigham Young, Utah Territorial Governor, to delay the army's advance on Utah. This delay of the . . . — Map (db m67039) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — The Big Sandy River
Long before the Oregon/California westward migration, animals instinctively stopped at the Big Sandy River during their migration process. With South Pass just 35 miles east, the river was also a natural East-West pathway for man.

The pathway, in . . . — Map (db m47136) HM

Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — The Lombard Ferry
This site of the Lombard Ferry was one of the most used crossings on the Green River, lasting from about 1843 into the early 1900s. First established by mountain men, it was operated by Mormons in the 1850s during the peak years of the westward . . . — Map (db m88473) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — The Utah War
A Legacy of Distrust In 1857, the Buchanan Administration faced a series of national challenges. Civil war loomed on the horizon, the New York stock market was in trouble, Federal troops were sent to quash unrest in Kansas and Washington . . . — Map (db m67041) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — To the Brave Men Who Rode the Pony Express
1860 -- 1861 The site of Big Sandy Station Gift of Andrew Arnott To the State of Wyoming — Map (db m47135) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Tri-Territory Historic Site
Marking the common boundary of the Louisiana Purchase (1803) The Northwest Territory (1846) and Mexico (1848). The Site is located where the Continental Divide crosses the 42nd parallel North Latitude. — Map (db m96678) HM
Wyoming (Sweetwater County), Farson — Tri-Territory Historic Site
This site, where the Continental Divide crosses the 42 degree parallel, North Latitude, was first claimed by Spain through the presumptive right of early discoveries and explorations. The area was also a part of Acadia, granted in 1603 by Henry IV . . . — Map (db m96679) HM

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