Browse Articles about Transportation
|Ephraim Brown, homicide victim, pioneer grave of||Randy Brown|
|ETSI coal slurry pipeline||Dan Whipple|
|Ferries, North Platte River; Oregon Trail sites of||WyoHistory.org|
|Fort Fred Steele||WyomingHeritage.org|
|Fort Halleck||Rebecca Hein|
|Frederick Fulkerson Grave||WyoHistory.org|
|Freeman, Legh and Frederick||Phil White|
|Frontier Index||Phil White|
|Fulkerson, Frederick, Oregon Trail grave of||WyoHistory.org|
|Gambling regulation, Teton County||Robin Everett|
Deep, crystal-clear waters with snow-capped views greeted emigrants as they arrived at the final crossing of the Sweetwater River near South Pass. At times, hundreds of travelers waited impatiently for makeshift ferries, hoping to outrun the cholera they feared was being carried toward them by parties farther back along the trail.
Oregon Trail emigrants along the Sweetwater River came to a place where steep hills forced them to cross the stream three times within two miles—a dangerous option at high water—while a detour through deep sand was safer but slower: just another day on a long journey with hard choices.
Their wagons lurching over sharp boulders up a steep grade, westbound emigrants found a particularly difficult stretch of trail about 40 miles east of South Pass. The late-starting Willie Company of Mormons pulling handcarts suffered terribly here in 1856. For many, the end of the journey was a grave.