Mormon Pioneers at Fort Laramie

Mormon Pioneers at Fort Laramie (HM1IHW)

Location: Lingle, WY 82223 Goshen County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 12.774', W 104° 30.999'

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Between the years 1847 and 1868, most of the approximate 80,000 Mormon Pioneers passed through Fort Laramie. This was the first stop for the vanguard company after leaving Winter Quarters, (near Omaha) Nebraska.
In June, 1847, after following a faint trapper trail on the north side of the Platte River, the Pioneers reached Fort Laramie. Brigham Young, with a number of his party, crossed the river and walked up to the fort.
At this time the fort was called Fort John. It was owned by the American Fur Company and managed by James Bordeaux who greeted Brigham Young and the others. From Bordeaux they learned that they needed to cross the river at this point because the marshy terrain on the north side of the river would soon make travel impossible, so the Pioneers made arrangements to cross the river on a large flatboat.
Realizing that many others would need to cross the river at this point, the Pioneers built the first ferry in this area. Brigham Young left men to run the ferry which was used for over twenty years, aiding not only Mormons but all others who followed.
The present Fort Laramie in now a National Historic Site and dates mainly from the Civil War era. This marker, in the town of Fort Laramie, marks the approximate place that the Pioneers actually crossed the river.
Series This marker is part of the Mormon Pioneer Trail series, and the Oregon Trail series, and the Sons of Utah Pioneers series.
Marker Number49
Year Placed1992
Placed ByNational Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Mills Chapter
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Date Added Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 539896 N 4673527
Decimal Degrees42.21290000, -104.51665000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 12.774', W 104° 30.999'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 12' 46.44" N, 104° 30' 59.94" W
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Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 108-198 Lawton Ave, Lingle WY 82223, US
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