Guernsey, Wyoming, is a small town of about 1,229. Located on Hwy 26, the town sits alongside the banks of the North Platte River. Guernsey was founded in the 1880s and is directly on the Oregon Trail. We are here for the USAF, but more on that in my next post.
Guernsey is home to the Oregon Trail Ruts site. The depth of the ruts is up to 6′ in some areas, and made by the wagon wheels carving through the sandstone rock. What hardships the travelers must have faced along the trail.
The sandstone was deeply gouged and worn down by wagon wheels.
There is just enough room along this rocky path for a wagon to fit through.
The town of Guernsey sits just below the Oregon Trail Ruts site.
Register Cliff is another interesting historic site. Those traveling the Oregon Trail would carve their names and dates into the sandstone cliff as they passed through this area.
Riding out to Register Cliff is just a short trip away from Guernsey.
Unfortunately it wasn’t until 1970 that Register Cliff was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. So there are more current dates etched alongside the actual Oregon Trail traveler markings.
Oregon Trail Ruts and Register Cliff, Copy and paste URLs: