On September 18, we visited more landmarks along the Oregon Trail. First, and most famous, was Independence Rock, a Wyoming State Historic Site, located southwest of Casper, Wyoming.
The whale-like shape in the above photo shows Independence Rock as it may have appeared to the wagon trains as they approached it from the east.
Display at the entrance to the Independence Rock State Historic Site
Although there’s nothing awe-inspiring about the appearance of Independence Rock, it is situated almost halfway between the Missouri River and the Pacific Coast, making it an important milestone for travelers on the wagon train trails to California, Utah, and Oregon.
The west side of Independence Rock
(Photo taken from the entrance to the State Historic Site.)
A small peak on the travelers' approach to Independence Rock, called Prospect Hill, was so named because, from its summit, one could see Independence Rock and the additional landmarks of Devil’s Gate and Split Rock for the first time. Natural landmarks such as these allowed travelers to track their progress along the trail.
This picture looks at the wagon trail as it continues westward from Independence Rock. Barely visible on the far horizon is a notch in the rocks that marks the next landmark, Devil's Gate.
Devil's Gate, which was a day's travel west of Independence Rock for the wagon trains
Split Rock was the next major landmark on the trail.
I'll leave you with two more pictures from that day's road trip:
Our destination for that night was Riverton, Wyoming. The above two images show some of the Wyoming countryside along Wyoming Highway 135, south of Riverton.