Wyoming

Covering the Emigrant Trails of Wyoming

Red Buttes on the North Platte River just west of present Casper, WY

1/7 Red Buttes on the North Platte River just west of present Casper, WY

The Overland Trail across what's now southern Wyoming

2/7 The Overland Trail across what's now southern Wyoming

Debbie LaChance reads trail-diary excerpts to her students at the top of Independence R ...

3/7 Debbie LaChance reads trail-diary excerpts to her students at the top of Independence R ...

Point of Rocks Stage Station on the Overland Trail.

4/7 Point of Rocks Stage Station on the Overland Trail.

Fourth graders from Casper, Wyo., visit the Oregon Trail at South Pass

5/7 Fourth graders from Casper, Wyo., visit the Oregon Trail at South Pass

Plume Rock, on the Oregon Trail west of South Pass and the Continental Divide

6/7 Plume Rock, on the Oregon Trail west of South Pass and the Continental Divide

Parting of the Ways, where emigrants chose between routes that could take them to Calif ...

7/7 Parting of the Ways, where emigrants chose between routes that could take them to Calif ...

Wyoming OCTA's 175 or so members are dedicated to preserving and enjoying the most pristine of all the trails in the Oregon-California-Mormon-Pony Express trails system.

Overview

Across most of Wyoming, from Fort Laramie past the North Platte Crossing, Red Buttes, Independence Rock, Devil's Gate and Martin's Cove to South Pass, these were essentially a single route. West of South Pass, the road divided into several branches and cutoffs. Wyoming's sagebrush plains, wide horizons and endless skies leave long stretches of these trails looking much like they did 160 years ago.

The Cherokee Trail across Southern Wyoming was blazed in 1849 and 1850 by California-bound goldseekers from Arkansas and present Oklahoma. By the 1860s, the parallel Overland Trail had become the main stage route, followed as well by emigrants and freighters alike. Half a million people came west on these trails between 1842 and 1869. Wyoming OCTA does its best to preserve, protect and enjoy all these routes. We hope to see you on the trails!

      Leadership

      • President: Tom Rea
      • Vice President: Don Hartley
      • Secretary: JoAnn Ryan
      • Treasurer: Fern Linton

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