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About - Names Hill 

Description:

Names Hill Historic Site is located along U.S. 189 near La Barge, Wyoming. Fort Bridger State Historic Site oversees, maintains, and interprets Names Hill. The site is a notable location along the Oregon-California Trail where emigrants carved their names into the soft limestone after crossing the Green River.

NamesHillOld-Sign-1The most famous inscription on Names Hill is that of mountain man James (Jim) Bridger, who despite reportedly being unable to read or write left his mark here in 1844.

Names Hill is located on the west side of U.S. 189 approximately six miles south of La Barge Wyoming. The site includes a monument and two interpretive signs.


History:

Names Hill State Historic Site is a steep cliff rising above the Green River and is one of three locations along the Oregon Trail where emigrants registered their presence. At Names Hill they camped and carved their names into the soft limestone. The earliest carving dates back to 1822, making it the oldest pioneer inscription in Wyoming.

NamesHillold-monument-1Monument marking the site where emigrants traveling on the Oregon-California Trail carved their names in to the soft limestone.

The most famous inscription on Names Hill is that of mountain man James (Jim) Bridger, who despite reportedly being unable to read or write left his mark here in 1844.

Other inscriptions include pictographs left by the American Indians.

 
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