WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Pinedale, WY – A piece of history along the Lander Road, also known as the Lander Trail in the Pinedale Anticline will soon be a new historic park. Shell, Ultra Resources and PacifiCorp are funding the purchase of the private property as part of “making good” for damages done to other cultural and historic resources nearby.
Lesley Wischmann is a local trails expert with the Alliance for Historic Wyoming. She says Lander Road is already a federally-designated national Historic Trial, and she calls it a unique route that included a crossing over the New Fork River.
Wischmann says parking lots need to be designed for public access, and there is still some archaeological work to be done. Several artifacts have already been discovered, and she expects more.
The Lander Road started near South Pass and ended at Fort Hall in Idaho as an alternative to the original Oregon Trail, saving up to a week of travel time. The new publicly-accessible parcel will be called the New Fork River Crossing Park, and it's expected to open in the spring.