Devil's Gate Historical

Devil's Gate Historical (HM1SU4)

Location: Alcova, WY 82620
Buy Wyoming State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 42° 26.238', W 107° 13.05'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
The Legend of Devil's Gate
American Indian legend says a powerful evil spirit in the form of a tremendous beast with enormous tusks ravaged the Sweetwater Valley, preventing the Indians from hunting and camping. A holy man told the tribes that the Great Spirit wanted them to destroy the beast. The Indians launched an attack from the mountain passes and ravines, shooting countless arrows into the evil monster. Enraged, the beast with a mighty upward thrust of its tusks, ripped a gap in the mountain and disappeared, never to be seen again.
Robert L. Munkees, "Independence Rock and Devil's Gate" in Annals of Wyoming, April 1968.

Fr. Pierre-Jean DeSmet, S.J., 1841
"...Travelers have named this spot the Devil's Entrance (Devil's Gate). In my opinion they should have rather called it Heaven's Avenue."

Goldfish 49'er, J.G. Bruff, wrote:
"...some of the boys clambered up the rock on the north side of the Gate...where they fired pistols and threw down rocks, pleased with the reverberation, which was great. I made a careful sketch of this remarkable gorge."
The Cleft in the Rock
Devil's Gate is a 370-foot high, 1,500-foot long fissure carved over centuries by the Sweetwater River. It was a major landmark on the Oregon Trail...a
pleasant change for weary travelers on the four day trek across the rough, dry country from the North Platte River.
HM NumberHM1SU4
Placed ByU.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 317610 N 4700713
Decimal Degrees42.43730000, -107.21750000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 26.238', W 107° 13.05'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 26' 14.28" N, 107° 13' 3" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near WY-220, Alcova WY 82620, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. This marker needs at least one picture.
  10. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  11. Is the marker in the median?