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The wagon string had left St. Louis on April 10, 1830, with 10 wagons, 2 carriages, 150 draft and riding mules, 12 head of beef cattle and 80 selected men. All bound for the Wind River Rendezvous.

The men of the wagon string could see the huge rock formation several days before reaching it.

Upon arriving at the rock July 4th, 1830, Captain William Sublette held a christening ceremony, naming it Independence Rock. The name bestowed upon the rock, witnessed by the 80 men, has endured to this day.

These were the first wagons to reach the crest of the continent and drew into the Wind River Rendezvous at the mouth of the Popo Agie River on July 16, 1830 after having averaged 10 miles per day.


The forest is a wilderness only to those that fear it, silent only to those that hear nothing. The forest is a friend to those that dwell within its' nature and it is filled with the sounds of life to those that listen.
 
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