Rocky Ridge Historical

Rocky Ridge Historical (HM1TKI)

Location: Lander, WY 82520 Fremont County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 27.773', W 108° 26.225'

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At 7000 feet above sea level, Rocky Ridge is the highest point on the Mormon and Oregon Trails. This elevation, lack of water, and rugged landscape presented a challenge to early pioneers. The trail over Rocky Ridge is approximately two miles long and ascends over 700 feet in elevation . This ridge was particularly difficult during the 1856 rescue of the Mormon Willie and Martin Handcart Companies. The Willie Company crossed Rocky Ridge in severe winter conditions in a state of starvation. Their ascent began on October 22, 1856. It took 27 hours for the journey of 15 miles from the base of Rocky Ridge to Rock Creek. Poor clothing, including worn out shoes, was the cause of this area being called the Trail of Blood.
Year Placed1992
Placed ByThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Riverton Wyoming Stake
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Date Added Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 710715 N 4704354
Decimal Degrees42.46288333, -108.43708333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 27.773', W 108° 26.225'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 27' 46.38" N, 108° 26' 13.5" 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 Oregon Trail, Lander WY 82520, US
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