Westbound wagon-train emigrants got their first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains when they first saw the blue cone of Laramie Peak, 85 miles away. Snowcapped in early summer, the mountain stayed in sight for a week or more, dominating many diarists’ accounts and foreshadowing drier, more difficult country ahead.
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|Independence Rock||Will Bagley|
|Kendall, Paul W., Sheridan-raised U.S. Army general||Douglas R. Cubbison|
|La Prele Creek, Oregon Trail crossing of||WyoHistory.org|
|Lajeunesse family and 1868 wagon train attack||Rebecca Hein|
|Lamoreaux family and 1868 wagon train attack||Rebecca Hein|
|Lander Trail, New Fork River Crossing||Clint Gilchrist|
|Laramie Peak, Oregon Trail landmark||WyoHistory.org|
|Lombard Ferry on the Green River||Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office|
|Magill, Ada, Oregon Trail grave of||WyoHistory.org|
|Medicine Bow Peak, plane crash into, 1955||Thaddeus Mast|
A short line with a short life, the 40-mile-long Wyoming North and South Railroad began quietly during the oil-boom years of the 1920s. It helped the Salt Creek area thrive for a time, but unsound construction, better roads for cars and trucks, bad weather and the Great Depression sealed its demise.
From 1929 to 1942, the Warm Spring Canyon tie flume carried 300,000 railroad ties per season down from mountain tie camps to the Wind River near Dubois, Wyo., for floating to Riverton and the railroad in big log drives each spring. The flume was abandoned in 1942; dramatic chutes and trestles remain.