19th Century Interstate Highway Historical

19th Century Interstate Highway Historical (HM1TSV)

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

N 42° 36.852', W 109° 51.303'

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The Lander Trail

The Lander Trail, part of the Congressionally designated California National Historic Trail, was a shortcut of the main emigrant trails to California and Oregon, as well as to the new gold fields in Montana and Idaho. Emigrants started their journeys from towns on the Missouri River and headed west through Kansas and Nebraska. Reaching Wyoming they ascended the Continental Divide about halfway along their five to six mont journey where they could take the new Lander's Cut-off Road (Lander Trail) at South Pass.
Expanding a Nation

Oregon & California Trails

From 1841 to 1869 about 350,000 people emigrated west on undeveloped wagon roads - the greatest voluntary mass migration in US history. To appease public outcry for improved transportation to the Pacific Coast, Congress passed the Pacific Wagon Road Act of 1857. Twelve years later the completion of the transcontinental railroad signaled the end of the emigrant trail era.

Faster, Shorter, Safer

The Lander Trail

The Pacific Wagon Road Act helped fund a new 256-mile cutoff between South Pass, Wyoming and Fort Hall, Idaho. In 1858, Frederick Lander supervised the construction of this new road - one of the first federal funded roads in the West, Emigrants could
save up to seven days travel, avoiding long desert crossings. Ten of thousands of emigrants traveled the Lander trail from 1859 to 1869.

An Oasis in the Sagebrush

New Fork River

Emigrants risked losing supplies, livestock, and even their lives here at the New Fork River - one of the most difficult river crossings on the Lander Trail. Despite these challenges, lush grass and cottonwood trees provided a brief oasis for weary travelers who had just crossed over the Continental Divide. Good camping and the bottleneck at the river crossing made this place one of the busiest on the trail.
Placed BySublette County Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 593905 N 4718609
Decimal Degrees42.61420000, -109.85505000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 36.852', W 109° 51.303'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 36' 51.12" N, 109° 51' 18.18" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1398 Paradise Rd, Big Piney WY 83113, US
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