Willie Rescue Site Historical

Willie Rescue Site Historical (HM1TKH)

Location: Lander, WY 82520 Fremont County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 28.256', W 108° 24.576'

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The James G. Willie Handcart Company was rescued on October 21, 1856 by a rescue party sent by Brigham Young. 21 members of the Willie Company perished in this valley due to a severe winter storm and lack of clothing and food. Captain Willie left in search of the rescuers. When he returned with the wagons it is recorded, "cries of joy rent the air." Most of the rescuers and wagons went on to the Martin Handcart Company, which also had become stranded approximately 70 miles east at Martin's Cove. The still weakened Willie Company made its ascent of Rocky Ridge on October 22, 1856. Deep snows, chilling winds, and starvation resulted in a 27 hour journey over 15 miles of the most difficult portion of the trail to Rock Creek where an additional 15 pioneers died. This monument is constructed to the memory of those courageous pioneers of the Willie Handcart Company and the brave men who rescued them.

A partial listing of the members of the Willie Handcart Company that died in this valley are as follows: George Curtis 64 · Peter Hansen 40 · Richard Hardwick 63 · James Henderson 55 · John James · John Knuckles 60 · Julius Larsen 3 mo. · Sophia Anna Larsen 11 · John Linford 49 · Daniel Osborn 7 · Mary Ann Perkins 62 · Eliza Philpot 36 · William Philpot 51 · Caroline Reeder 17 · John Roberts 42 · Ann Rowley 2 · Eliza Smith 40 · Anna
F. Tait 31
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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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 712948 N 4705317
Decimal Degrees42.47093333, -108.40960000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 28.256', W 108° 24.576'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 28' 15.36" N, 108° 24' 34.56" 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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