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Location of sign -  Guernsey, Wyoming - leave Guernsey by South Guernsey Road. After crossing the bridge, follow the signs to 

Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Area. You take the river front road, west.


Photo taken July 2007

Oregon Trail Ruts Sign

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:


Oregon Trail Ruts


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.


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