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Register Cliffs, Guernsey

#82 of 137 in Nature in Wyoming
Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Register Cliff is a sandstone cliff and featured key navigational landmark prominently listed in the 19th century guidebooks about the Oregon Trail, and a place where many emigrants chiseled the names of their families on the soft stones of the cliff it was one of the key checkpoint landmarks for parties heading west along the Platte River valley west of Fort John, Wyoming which allowed travelers to verify they were on the correct path up to South Pass and not moving into impassable mountain terrainsgeographically, it is on the eastern ascent of the Continental divide leading upward out of the great plains in the east of the U.S. state of Wyoming. It is notable as a historic landmark for 'registering' hundreds of emigrants on the Oregon Trail (thus also the other northern Emigrant Trails that split off farther west such as the California Trail and Mormon Trail) who came to follow custom and inscribed their names on its rocks during the western migrations of the 19th century. An estimated 500,000 emigrants used these trails from 1843–1869, with up to one-tenth dying along the way, usually due to disease.
Register Cliff is the easternmost of the three prominent emigrant "recording areas" located within Wyoming, the other two being Independence Rock and Names Hill.
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  • All of us enjoyed the experience of scanning the rock for names. It brings history quite a bit closer to see the actual people who journeyed out West back in the 1800s. Sad to see all the people...  more »
  • Came here today and found our family members names from the 80’s. Other than seeing some old signatures of travelers over the years there’s not much here. It’s just a quick stop.  more »

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