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Oregon Trail Ruts

Guernsey, Wyoming
County of Platte.
National Register Number: 66000761
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Transportation - road - related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Congressional District: WY- at-Large Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: State Historic Site: http://wyoshpo.state.wy.us/oregon.htm.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 23, 1966):
Worn from 2 to 6 feet into an eroded sandstone ridge on the south side of the North Platte River, this roadbed gives clear physical evidence of the route followed by thousands of pioneers who migrated westward across the Plains in the mid-19th century. The trail's first recorded use was in 1812 and it continued in use until completion of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1869 provided a shorter, surer, safer journey.

Condition:
The historic site is in good condition.

The site remains vulnerable to damage by visitors. The trail ruts have not been damaged recently, but people have shot at the interpretative signs. A new interpretative sign was added to site.


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