This site vividly illustrates
how Wyoming’s role as a transportation corridor has shaped its history.
Here, at the site of Ada Magill’s grave, one finds markers for the Oregon,
Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails. Nearby are the railroad
tracks and state highway that caused Ada’s grave to be moved
in 1912, when the new highway was slated to run over the original site.
. That road has now largely been replaced by the interstate. A marker placed
by the Oregon-California Trails Association is also at the site.
Three-year-old Ada Magill was stricken with dysentery shortly after leaving Fort Laramie. She died shortly before dawn on July 3, 1864. She was buried, according to her mother, in her "Sunday best calico dress" on a small knoll just south of here. The trail runs about 50 feet south of the gravesite.The original headstone was buried in the new grave to preserve it. The stone that now exists on the site was fashioned after the original by Loren Bishop, Wyoming’s State Engineer.
The grave is located five miles west of Glenrock, Wyoming. Take the second (west) Glenrock exit off of I-25 and follow US 20/26 for about .7 mile until you come to a dirt road. Turn north on the gravel road. After going about .1 mile, turn west. The grave is about 100 yards down this road, just before it crosses the railroad tracks.