Stephen F. Austin State University

The Travel Blog of the history faculty and students of Stephen F. Austin State University.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Trails, Trails, Trails

We stopped at the National Trails Interpretive center in Casper, Wyoming.  A massive facility with information on the Oregon, Mormon, and California trails, the facility is a must-see for those interested in the westward movement.  The next morning we stopped at Independence Rock in central Wyoming where westward trekkers stopped and wrote their names on the rock.

World history looked at the westward movement in the context of the massive global upheaval of movement from 1860 to 1920.

Top: An example of the "register" of names found at Independence Rock.
Middle: Student Jacob discusses his book on the Oregon Trail with the rock in the background.
Below: Students climb up Independence rock.

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