Pacific Springs Historical

Pacific Springs Historical (HM1TLP)

Location: Lander, WY 82520 Fremont County
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N 42° 19.98', W 108° 56.76'

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For many emigrants, the first tangible evidence that the had crossed South Pass was Pacific Springs, "the fountain source of the Pacific streams," according to pioneer Joseph Goldsborough Bruff. The broad expanse of the pass from Pacific Springs were proof that the journey to the Pacific coast was geographically half over. But the event was only a slight consolation, the road ahead was still long and hard.

The springs was a major camping spot along the trail, providing good water and grazing. A number of pioneers also died here, most having succumbed to cholera contracted elsewhere along the trail. Several graves are known in the vicinity of Pacific Springs.
In the 1860s, a stagecoach and Pony Express station was located at the springs probably in the area of the Halter and Flick Ranch. Some sources indicate that the station was burned by Indians in 1862. The exact location of the station is unknown.
Pacific Springs became an important source for early livestock operators and they remain so today. The springs lie on private property owned by John Hay. The Hay family has been involved in ranching in southwestern Wyoming for five generations dating to the 1870s.
Series This marker is part of the Oregon Trail series, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail series.
Placed ByU.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 669221 N 4688793
Decimal Degrees42.33300000, -108.94600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.98', W 108° 56.76'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 58.8" N, 108° 56' 45.6" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Emigrant Trail, Lander WY 82520, US
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