Emigrant Gap Historical Site

Emigrant Gap Historical Site (HM1QBK)

Location: Casper, WY 82604 Natrona County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 50.676', W 106° 32.34'

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Many emigrant pioneers passed through this gap, or opening, in Emigrant Ridge between the 1840's and the 1880's as they traveled the Oregon-Mormon Trail by oxen-drawn wagons, on horseback, or on foot. The trail generally followed the North Platte River from the Scottsbluff, Nebraska area to crossings near Fort Caspar (just 8 miles east), which was active between 1862 and 1867. The trail departed from the North Platte River near Fort Caspar, meandering overland toward Willow Springs, Ryan (Prospect) Hill, the Sweetwater River drainage, Independence Rock, South Pass, and beyond to Utah, Oregon and California.
From this point the emigrants had a sweeping view to the west, the scene of their next week's journey. Emigrant Gap signified the departure from the North Platte River valley and the beginning of the ascent into the Rocky Mountains. The trail crossed over the Continental divide at South Pass.
From here you can follow Poison Spider Road to Oregon Trail Road which closely parallels the route of the Oregon-Mormon Trail.
Series This marker is part of the Oregon Trail series
Placed ByDepartment of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
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Date Added Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees42.84460000, -106.53900000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 50.676', W 106° 32.34'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 50' 40.56" N, 106° 32' 20.4" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12190 Co Rd 201, Casper WY 82604, US
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