South Pass Historical Marker
Backstory and Context
In 1842, a small seam of gold was discovered in the area which led to a number of mining communities springing up in hopes of making their fortune. The local gold rush led to the creation of South Pass City in Fremont County, Wyoming. Most of the Americans who came through the pass in the mid-19th century were travelling west along the Oregon Trail.
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