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Western Migration

Wyoming is full of pioneer history brought into the state from the California, Oregon and Mormon Trails that ran from 1843 through the 1870s. From this historic westward migration, Wyoming houses many historic sites, monuments and other places to see and experience the journey of these pioneers. You can follow their journey along the Mormon and Oregon Trail ruts carved into the countryside and see their names etched in stone at places like Independence Rock and Register Cliff. Wyoming’s museums tell the stories of these travelers while preserving their artifacts, including covered wagons, Mormon handcarts and the first commercial ferry.

names carved into cliffside
Register Cliff Carvings

Western Migration Historical Cities

  • Casper
  • Guernsey
  • Fort Bridger
  • Fort Laramie


In Casper, you can discover the past while taking in picturesque scenery and modern amenities. This town in central Wyoming marks the only point where the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express Trails intersected during the westward expansion of the mid-1800s.

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Located in Wyoming’s eastern plains, Guernsey is where western history and outdoor adventure meet to bring a true Wyoming experience. Settled right off the North Platte River, Guernsey offers world-class outdoor recreation, including some of the best trout fishing.

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Fort Bridger

The town of Fort Bridger is located less than a mile away from Fort Bridger State Historic Site. The community was named after trapper James “Jim” Bridger, who established a trading post and blacksmith shop in the area.

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Fort Laramie

The town of Fort Laramie is located just three miles east of the iconic Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Named after this site, the town owes its very existence to fur traders and emigrants braving the western frontier.

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