GLENROCK, (AP) - The Natrona County coroner says a piece of a human skull found east of Evansville this week could belong to a young pioneer who died while traveling the Oregon Trail. A Glenrock plumbing contractor digging a hole to work on a water line found the bone Tuesday.
The skull fragment was found about four feet deep next to the Oregon Trail, the 2,000-mile route 19th-century settlers took between Missouri and the Pacific Northwest. Coroner Connie Jacobson said this week that the aged bone came from a child or teenager, likely from a historical burial.
Jacobson said an archaeologist who assisted her office felt
confident the remains were part of an Oregon Trial burial site; scientists have excavated other burial sites in the area. No other remains were found.