Names Hill State Historic Site

Names Hill State Historic Site (HM1IYT)

Location: Kemmerer, WY 83101 Lincoln County
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N 42° 10.614', W 110° 11.211'

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Names Hill is one of three prominent sites in Wyoming where travelers inscribed their names into stone along the emigrant trails. The other sites are Register Cliff and Independence Rock. After crossing a 40 miles stretch of waterless desert, wagon trains would stop and camp near the Green River crossing, providing an opportunity for travelers to inscribe their names into the soft limestone.

Parting of the Ways

Names Hill is located along the Sublette-Greenwood Cutoff, a short cut that ran due west from the Little Sandy River and bypassed part of the main emigrant trail and Fort Bridger. The popularity of this route increased in the late 1840s, as people became more willing to risk crossing the desert to save about 46 miles of travel.

Stone Signatures

Historians believe the earliest writings at Names Hill were made by mountain men crossing the Green River on their way to trap beaver in the Rocky Mountains. These inscriptions date back to 1822, making them the oldest pioneer inscriptions in Wyoming. The names of J.J. Shay - 1825 and Twig - 1832 are testimony of the early day explorers. Names Hill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.

Jim Bridger

One of the most famous inscriptions at Names Hill is that of mountain man Jim Bridger, whose mark was left here in 1844. His signature is a point of controversy for many historians, as he reportedly did not know how to read or write. Some believe that Bridger many have known enough to write his own name, while others believe that he had a traveling companion inscribe it for him.
Series This marker is part of the Oregon Trail series
Placed ByWyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 567156 N 4669737
Decimal Degrees42.17690000, -110.18685000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 10.614', W 110° 11.211'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 10' 36.84" N, 110° 11' 12.66" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-189, Kemmerer WY 83101, US
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