Building the Lander Trail Historical

Building the Lander Trail Historical (HM1TQY)

Location: Big Piney, WY 83113 Sublette County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 36.978', W 109° 51.162'

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The swale (small trench) running left to right in front of you is a remnant of the old Lander Trail. It is unknown if this swale formed by repeated wagon use or during trail construction. Unlike all previous western emigrant trails - which evolved from Indian trails - the US Government surveyed, engineered, and constructed the Lander Trail


New Wagon Road


In 1858, a crew of 115 men built 230 miles of new trail. They moved more than 62,000 cubic yards of dirt and rock - equal to 6,000 modern dump truck loads - and cleared 34 miles of heavy timber and willows. Construction cost $40,260, finished ahead of schedule, and came in under budget.

1850s Road Construction

Using techniques learned from building railroads back east, laborers first used mules for driving plows to break up the hard soil here. They then moved and leveled the dirt with mule-drawn buck and scoop scrapers. Men with picks and shovels also helped in rocky patches.

Summer Job


According to road superintendent Lander, laborers were paid $30 per month. Lander formed a road construction crew made of "lumbermen and bridge builders" from Maine, Mormons for Salt Lake City, Utah, and "destitute men who we met along the road" that he felt "compelled to feed and shelter."
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HM NumberHM1TQY
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Placed BySublette County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 14th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 594094 N 4718844
Decimal Degrees42.61630000, -109.85270000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 36.978', W 109° 51.162'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 36' 58.68" N, 109° 51' 9.72" W
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Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1398 Paradise Rd, Big Piney WY 83113, US
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