Eastern Mojave Vegetation Wyoming Highway 28  
 

Tom Schweich  

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 Wyoming Highway 28 (WYO 28) is a 96.5-mile (155.3 km) long Wyoming state highway known as the South Pass Highway. It travels from its split from Wyoming Highway 372 near the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, across the high plains and over South Pass until its junction with U.S. Route 287 8 miles (13 km) south of Lander.

Other articles: US Highway 287 at WY 28  

Junction: US Highway 287, north to Lander, or southeast to Rawlins.
 

Other articles: Field Notes 4 Sept 2018
Full Size ImageRed Canyon Rim south of Lander.  

Red Canyon Rim
 

 

Locations: Atlantic City Iron Mine.  

Atlantic City Iron Mine

 

Other articles: Field Notes 4 Sept 2018
Full Size ImageLander Cut-Off on the Oregon Trail  

Crossing of the Lander Cut-off

Lander Cut-Off on the Oregon Trail

In 1858, this ancient path, which had been used by Indians, explorers and mountain men as a shortcut to the Snake River country was developed by Frederick Lander into an alternate route on the Oregon Trail. What is commonly called the Lander Trail or Lander Cut-off starts 9 miles to the southeast at Burnt Ranch (directly behind this sign), crosses the Sweetwater River 6 miles to the northwest, and continues along Lander Creek for 13 miles to the Continental Divide at Little Sandy Creek, the headwaters of the Pacific Ocean. From there it travels west across the Green River Valley, the Wyoming Range, and the Salt River Range before entering present-day Idaho. The Cut-Off rejoins the original Oregon Trail near Fort Hall.
This wagon road was favored by travelers for many reasons. The cut-off saved as much as 7 days travel compared to the old route through Fort Bridger, avoided the expensive ferries across the Green River to the south, and bypassed the 50-mile waterless desert of the Sublette Cut-Off. Its longest waterless section was only 10 miles, and it had access to abundant grass and firewood. The Lander Cut-Off was used by an estimated 13,000 emigrants its first year, with 9,000 of them signing a statement of support for the road at Fort Hall. While use dwindled after the completion of the trans-continental railroad in 1869, the trail was still used by emigrants into the 20th century and played a role in the settlement of the Upper Green River Valley.
Sublete County Museum Board

Other articles: Oregon Buttes Road at WY 28  

Junction: Oregon Buttes Road, Lander Cutoff Road
Turn south here for the Summit of the Original South Pass on the Emigrant Trail.

 

Other articles: Field Notes 4 Sept 2018

Locations: South Pass.
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South Pass

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View south toward Oregon Buttes.
 

 

Other articles: US Highway 191 at Farson  

Farson

Junction: US Highway 191
 
  Junction: Wyoming Highway 372
 

 

 

   

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Date and time this article was prepared: 10/12/2019 10:04:47 AM