For some of you, you may have remembered my blog post here where we went to the Register Cliff and I mentioned we also explored the Oregon Trail Ruts area. Well, these photos were taken on the same day, but this time it is on the Oregon Trail. Oregon trail ruts is a preserved site of wagon ruts left behind by emigrants back in the days who traveled along with their family to seek a better future. Here is a little bit of a history of the place.
According to Wikipedia:
- Oregon Trail Ruts is a preserved site of wagon ruts of the Oregon Trail on the North Platte River, about .5 miles south of Guernsey, Wyoming. The Oregon Trail here was winding up towards South Pass. Wagon wheels, draft animals, and people wore down the trail about two to six feet into a sandstone ridge here, during its heavy usage from 1841-1869. The half-mile stretch is "unsurpassed" and is the best-preserved set of Oregon Trail ruts anywhere along its former length.
- It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966.
- The site is maintained as a State Historic Site within Guernsey State Park, which separately was declared a National Historic Landmark for its Civilian Conservation Corps structures, unrelated to the Oregon Trail Ruts.
We hope you enjoy these photos and will encourage you to explore some historical places near your area and learn about the life and the people back in the old days. Have a great day and May you have a great weekend! We are planning another hike this weekend so come back next time for another Family time, Hiking time!
This trip was part learning and part fitness because we learned about the history of the area and at the same time we got our workout done.
My little girl thought we lost dadda and her big babba on the trail so when we found them, she gave big babba a big hug. Sometimes they fight, sometimes they get along. And this time, they love each other. We hope they do get a long really well once they grow old. And would travel together to new places just like their dadda and his sister.