Place

Register Cliff Historic Site

A small cemetery lies next to a tan and grey, 90 degree, highly cracked, solid rock, edge of a cliff
Overview of Register Cliff Historic Site

Quick Facts

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Picnic Table, Restroom, Trailhead

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Following a day's journey from Fort Laramie, emigrants spent the night at Register Cliff, which rises one hundred feet above the North Platte River valley. The soft, chalky limestone rock made it easy for emigrants to inscribe their names into the cliff before continuing on their journey. The earliest signatures date to the late 1820s when trappers and fur traders passed through the area. Most of the names visible today were carved during the 1840s and 1850s, when the Oregon Trail was at its height.

Site Information

Today, visitors can walk along the cliff base to view the signatures up close. The cliff is defaced with modern graffiti, but the historical inscriptions at the east end (left end as you face the cliff) are protected by a tall wire fence. The historic site also contains a pioneer cemetery with several graves. 

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Oregon National Historic Trail

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California National Historic Trail, Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, Oregon National Historic Trail, Pony Express National Historic Trail

Last updated: November 3, 2020