June 2022 Vacation Day 19, Fort Laramie · · PAGE 51.
June 10, 2022: This is the
North Platte river behind the buildings of old Fort
Laramie. When I came here in 1998, there were wagon ruts near this place from
pioneers crossing the river at the shallow locations.
The park ranger at Fort Laramie gave me this simple map to get to the wagon ruts near the town of Guernsey.
We departed Fort Laramie and drove over to the town of Guernsey to see the
wagon ruts from the Oregon Trail. This is Wyoming Avenue, the main
It was HOT and I decided I did not want Linda walking up
that hill to see something we can see online. Here is what I found showing
the parking area from a Google Earth image. There were two informational
panels there in October 2007 in this image.
There were a few places where the pioneers heading west
along the Platte River looked for shallow water to cross the river. The
Conestoga Wagon Ruts seen below are near the town of Guernsey, Wyoming.
This view is looking up hill. Those pine trees were not there when these
ruts were created.
Here are the same ruts looking in the opposite direction.
This site now has three displays near the site of the trail
ruts as of June 10, 2022 when we visited this location.
This is part of the wagon train story of pioneers and what they faced to
get across the Platte River on the way west.
Each of the three panels tell part of the story about the
This next segment of our highway travels crosses the North
Platte River as we leave the town of Guernsey behind us heading for Interstate
25 traveling south toward Denver.
15 Miles to Interstate 25 ahead. We will leave US 26 there going south toward Denver. We first saw US 26 in Oregon on this big western tour.
This turn south will get us on the way home -
eventually. Tonight, the motel is another pet friendly Motel 6 East of Denver in Aurora, Colorado.
Here we are back in Colorado for the second time on this
23-day vacation road trip out west. The first event was when we stayed at
a Motel in Cortez, Colorado for our brief visit at the Four Corners on May 31.
We are now headed to the Denver area to our Motel 6 stop in Aurora, Colorado.
Coming into Colorado, the Interstate 25 mile marker at the
state line is 299. We will continue south to exit 217 B which is the
beginning of the I-270 short cut on the northeast side of Denver. This part of
the trip south is after dark and had some areas of road construction
ahead. I-270 is only 5 miles long where it connects from I-25 to I-70 East.
The ride on I-70 is about 3 miles until we go south on
I-225. The mile marker 5 on this sign indicates the five-mile length of I-270.
Mile marker 282 is the distance from the state line with Utah as I-70 travels East to this
location. We will use I-225 going south on the East side of Denver to
reach our motel for this night.
This is where we get off the interstate highway and turn
LEFT at the end of the ramp going over to our motel for tonight. This exit is 5 miles north of the end of I-225 where it
connects to I-25 to continue south tomorrow, June 11, 2022.
It is 3/10ths of a mile to Blackhawk Street where we turned
LEFT there to get to the Motel 6 for tonight. They are pet friendly and that is
why we stayed in those motels.
The Motel 6 sign is by the street next to a diner.
The brown and white motel is at the right side of this Google Earth image below.
There are 20 images and graphics on this page. It is
time to start another page.
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