Did you know that Casper, Wyoming (the least populated state in the USA) had a historic role in the largest unforced migration in history…that of the American pioneers and their journey to the American west?
Three historic trails the Oregon, California Gold Rush, and Mormon trail as well as the Pony Express, all passed through Casper. About one half million pioneers from 1843-1868 forged their paths on the way to their respective destinations. If they didn’t reach Independence Rock by the 4th of July their chances of making it safely through the mountain passes in the harsh, snowy, windy conditions was slim.
The stats say that 94% of the pioneers made it alive on the 6 month journey west, which to me was shocking considering the odds against them. Of course that “shock” is coming from the woman who barely made it through the 10 hour drive to Albuquerque. I’m certain I wouldn’t have been a good pioneer!
We visited the National Historic Trails Interpretive Museum and it is a must see if you visit Casper. It brings history alive.
Being with my oldest and dearest friends, who have lived in Casper since 1977, was of course the very best part of the trip! Though we are separated by many miles we have such a long, strong friendship and shared history and experiences that geography doesn’t matter. Every time we visit, which is not often enough, I realize how much I miss them! A weekend of laughter, cooking, eating, drinking and solving all the world’s problems is always good for the soul!