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OREGON, MORMON TRAIL SITE WILL BE DEDICATED TUESDAY

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A new historical site, built at the Oregon and Mormon pioneer trail crossings of the Green River in southwestern Wyoming, will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 27, as part of the Oregon Trail's 150th birthday celebration.

First established by mountain men, the Lombard Ferry was one of the Green River's most frequently used crossings from about 1843 to the early 1900s. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operated it during the peak emigration years of the 1850s.Many famous emigrant parties are thought to have crossed at the site, including Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers, who settled Utah in 1847; the first Mormon handcart companies that pulled their belongings across the plains in 1856; the ill-fated Donner party, stranded by snow in the Sierras in 1846; the Bartleson-Bidwell party, in 1841 the first immigrant wagon train to California; and the Applegate party, the first large group of Oregon immigrants in 1843.

The dedication will be held outdoors beside the Green River. The National Oregon Trail Wagon Train will arrive at the site that afternoon. Both events are free and the public is invited; officials advise participants to bring lawn chairs and mosquito repellent. The historical site is located 26 miles east of Farson, Wyo., on Wyoming Highway 28.

Dedication speakers will include Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the LDS Church's Council of the Twelve; Ray Brubaker, Wyoming director of the Bureau of Land Management; and Stanley B. Kimball, Southern Illinois University professor and author of several books about the Mormon trail.

The High Priest Quorum of the Rock Springs, Wyo., LDS stake donated the funds for interpretive signs at the historical site. The quorum, the BLM and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will jointly dedicate the site, located in the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge.