Friday Sept. 17
I came upon Independence Rock first and it’s located behind a rest area which was very convenient. You have to walk a boardwalk behind the building to get close to the Rock. This was an historic stop for the pioneers on the Oregon Trail. It was named Independence Rock after William Sublette and 80 pioneers had an Independence Day celebration there.
Not far from Register Cliff was an historic spot with Oregon Trail wagon train ruts but it was about a mile down a gravel road in the middle of nowhere and I tend to shy away from that sort of thing when I’m by myself. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see that, but again, sometimes it’s better to listen to your inner voice.
Another important stop on the Oregon Trail was Fort Laramie so I headed over to see that. I was quite impressed by the large size of the Fort. I had no idea that a fort from back then would have been so large. This was another key stop on the Oregon Tail and tens of thousands of pioneers stopped there to re-supply. This location marked the 1/3 point of their journey between the Missouri River starting location and Oregon. I spent quite some time walking around and exploring the buildings which included soldiers’ quarters, stables, a bakery, and a guardhouse. Many of the original foundations are still intact and there are several restored buildings. I really could have spent hours there because there was so much to see.
It was another nice evening of reading and relaxing.