Address: S side of the North Platte River, 0.5 mi. S of Guernsey, Guernsey, Wyoming. County/parish: Platte.
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Added to the National Register of Historic Places October 15, 1966.
Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site is a preserved site of wagon ruts of the Oregon Trail on the North Platte River, about 0.5 miles south of Guernsey, Wyoming. The Oregon Trail here was winding up towards South Pass. Wagon wheels, draft animals, and people wore down the trail about two to six feet into a sandstone ridge here, during its heavy usage from 1841–1869. The half-mile stretch is "unsurpassed" and is the best-preserved set of Oregon Trail ruts anywhere along its former length.
The site is maintained as a state historic site, and was declared a National Historic Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.(read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/66000761