Following the Trail of the Pony Express in Wyoming

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Driving Distance = 513 miles - Driving Time = 10 Hours 17 Minutes
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When planning a trip, you might want to match this map with those that detail the locations of the Wyoming stations and those that show a historical map of the route.

Notes:

1. Many of the buildings of Fort Bridger still stand -- preserved and maintained as a reminder of Wyoming's past. A museum houses artifacts of Indian cultures and the periods of military occupancy. Living-history interpretive demonstrations on military and pioneer life are presented throughout the summer.

2. South Pass was perhaps the most significant transportation gateway through the Rocky Mountains. Indians, mountain men, Oregon Trail emigrants, Pony Express riders, and miners all recognized the value of this pass straddling the Continental Divide.

3. East of this point the Pony Express Route follows much of the Oregon Trail to Missouri.

4. Independence Rock was a well-known landmark on the Sweetwater River. Called "The Great Register of the Desert," it is a 193-foot-high granite boulder with a base that covers more than 27 acres. More than 5,000 names were carved on it by explorers, trappers, adventurers, scientists, missionaries, soldiers, and emigrants. The Pony Express Route and the Oregon Trail are the same through this part of Wyoming. Split Rock Station and Devil's Gate Station are located one "Oregon Trail Day" apart. Split Rock can be seen as a cleft in the top of the Rattlesnake Range. This was an important landmark to early travelers, since it can be seen for a full day's journey from the east, and for two days behind as they continued westward.

5. Fort Caspar Museum located 1/2 mile north of SR20 off Wyoming Blvd, at 4001 Fort Caspar Road, is a reconstruction of Fort Caspar, named in honor of Caspar Collins, a lieutenant killed while trying to rescue a wagon train from the Indians in 1865.

6. Fort Laramie National Historic Site was one of the great military posts of the trans-Mississippi west.