"Independence Rock" Wyoming Off The Beaten Path Tip by la_beba

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If you drive through Wyoming on I-80 you will see Independence Rock which was a well-known landmark on the Sweetwater River. Called "The Great Register of the Desert," it is a 193-foot-high granite boulder with a base that covers more than 27 acres. More than 5,000 names were carved on it by explorers, trappers, adventurers, scientists, missionaries, soldiers, and emigrants.
Independence Rock was a favorite resting place for those bound for Oregon, California and the Salt Lake Valley along the Mormon and Oregon Trails. It was named during a celebration held there on July 4, 1830, by a party of fur trappers led by William Sublette.

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  • Written Sep 23, 2002
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