Oregon Trail Ruts

Oregon Trail Ruts (HM3BH)

Location: Guernsey, WY 82214 Platte County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 15.418', W 104° 44.933'

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Registered National Historic Landmark

Wagon wheels cut solid rock, carving a memorial to Empire Builders. what manner of men and beasts impelled conveyances weighting on those griding wheels? Look! A line of shadows crossing boundless wilderness.

Foremost, nimble mules drawing their carts, come poised Montain Men carrying trade goods to a fur fair — the Rendezvous. So, in 1830, Bill Sublette turns the first wheels from St. Louis to the Rocky Mountains! Following his faint trail, a decade later and on throught the 1860's, appear straining, twisting teams of oxen, mules and heavy draft horses drawing Conestoga wagons for Oregon pioneers. Trailing the Oregon-bound avant garde but otherwise mingling with those emigrants, inspired by religious fervor, loom footsore and trail worn companies — Mormons dragging or pushing handcarts as they follow Brigham Young to the Valley of the Salt Lake. And, after 1849, reacting to a differnt stimulus but sharing the same trail, urging draft animals to extremity, straining resources and often failing, hurry gold rushers California bound.

A different breed, no emigrants but enterprisers and adventurers, capture the 1860's scene. They appear, multi-teamed units in draft — heavy wagons in tandem, jerkline operators and bullwhackers delivering freight to Indian War outposts and agencies. Now the apparition fades in a changing environment. Dimley seen, this last commerce serves a new, pastoral society; the era of the cattle baron and the advent of settlement blot the Oregon Trail.
HM NumberHM3BH
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series, and the Oregon Trail series.
Placed ByGuernsey State Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 7:10pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 520713 N 4678338
Decimal Degrees42.25696667, -104.74888333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 15.418', W 104° 44.933'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 15' 25.08" N, 104° 44' 55.98" W
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Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-20 Unnamed Road, Guernsey WY 82214, US
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