Oregon Trail Ruts Register Cliff & Wagon Wheel Ruts Photos

Register Cliff Wyoming State Historic Site preserves the site where Oregon trail settlers scratched names & messages in the sandstone near the Platte River. Nearby another related State Historic Site preserves the Wagon Wheel ruts where a rough escarpment forced Oregon trail wagons, which were normally spread over a broad front, onto a single track where is was possible to get up a hill. The iron wheels which ground away the stone left some of the most pronounced evidence of the tens of thousands of wagons which once passed through to the promised lands of the American West.

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Register Cliff Wyoming State Historic Site where Oregon trail settlers scratched names & messages in sandstone. WY.Signature of G.O. Willard, Boston 1855 on Register Cliff along Oregon Trail. WY.Signature of S.H. Patrick June 5 1850 on Register Cliff along Oregon Trail. WY.Array of signatures on Register Cliff near Platte River which caused Oregon Trail to narrow. WY.
Register Cliff Wyoming State Historic Site where Oregon trail settlers scratched names & messages in sandstone. WY.Signature of G.O. Willard, Boston 1855 on Register Cliff along Oregon Trail. WY.Signature of S.H. Patrick June 5 1850 on Register Cliff along Oregon Trail. WY.Array of signatures on Register Cliff near Platte River which caused Oregon Trail to narrow. WY.
Swift nests on Register Cliff. WY.Oregon Trail wagon wheel ruts at Guernsey, WY.Landscape around Oregon Trail ruts. WY.Cliff rocks typical of those which forced all wagons onto a single track causing them to wear deep ruts. WY.
Swift nests on Register Cliff. WY.Oregon Trail wagon wheel ruts at Guernsey, WY. On National Register.Landscape around Oregon Trail ruts. WY.Cliff rocks typical of those which forced all wagons onto a single track causing them to wear deep ruts. WY.
Twisted tree trunk near Oregon Trail wagon wheel ruts. WY.


Twisted tree trunk near Oregon Trail wagon wheel ruts. WY.



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