July California Trail Social Media Posts: Week 2

July 8 – A 5-month virtual road trip along the California Trail There is a pullout (GPS coordinates -108.009, 42.517) on Highway 287 west of Jeffrey City that has a historical marker regarding an Ice Slough. Emigrants discovered that this particular valley has a marsh which maintains ice at depth well into the summer and [...]

July California Trail Social Media Posts: Week 1

Here is a continuation of my posts regarding a virtual road trip along the California Trail, posted on the Facebook page of the California Trail Interpretive Center. July 1 – A 5-month virtual road trip along the California Trail Continuing down the road from Poison Spring / Clayton’s Slough (yesterday’s virtual site) is Willow Spring [...]

June California Trail Social Media Posts: Week 4

June 22 – A 5-month virtual road trip along the California Trail 3-year-old Ada Magill died from dysentery on July 3, 1864. You can read her story on the Wyoming History webpage of the Wyoming State Historical Society at https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/ada-magill-grave. The photograph of her gravesite (GPS coordinates -105.978,42.849) was downloaded from the Historical Marker Database [...]

June California Trail Social Media Posts: Week 3

June 15 – A 5-month virtual road trip along the California Trail The grave of Mary Homsley (https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/grave-mary-homsley) is located close to Fort Laramie (GPS coordinates -104.566,42.222). While cholera was a predominant killing disease during the Overland migration in 1852, there were plenty of other dangerous diseases as well. Mary Homsley and her newborn child [...]