North Poplar Street
Casper, WY 82601
During the 1800's,
the area now known as Wyoming became the focus for western expansion.
The discovery of the South Pass route over the Rocky Mountains was the
primary reason for the location of the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California,
and Pony Express Historic Trails in Wyoming.
BLM-administered public lands in Wyoming
are one of the few remaining locations where these national historic trails
can be experienced in a setting relatively unchanged from the 1800's.
In Wyoming, 60% (over 340 miles) of the Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer
and Pony Express Trails are under BLM stewardship.
In 1986, an historic trails management
plan was prepared to guide BLM management of the Oregon-California-Mormon
Pioneer-Pony Express Trail and cutoffs. Since that time, interest in the
historic trails and visitor use has steadily increased. BLM Wyoming is
considering updating or revising the management plan to address overall
management of all the historic trails in Wyoming.
Wyoming's prominence in both the history
and current management of these trails made it the logical choice as the
home of an interpretive center dedicated
to this important chapter of American history.
For more information:
Wyoming National Historic Trails Interpretive Center