Alvah Unthank, age
19, left his Indiana home in 1850 for the California gold fields. On June
23, his wagon train passed Register Cliff
where Alvah inscribed his name. Less than a week later, he was overcome,
probably by cholera. The wagon train laid by in hopes of his recovery
died on July 2, 1850. His friend, Pusey Graves, noted: "Alvah lay
calm, bore his suffering patiently and uttered not a murmur or groan.
Bid his father to be of good cheer. His child has paid the great debt
of nature." Solomon Woody carved the head- and footstones, both of
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No known threats. The site is not listed on the National Register.
Private. Although the grave is clearly visible from a public highway,
the landowner refuses to allow access to the actual gravesite.
Converse County, Wyoming. T33N/R74W.
The grave is
located approximately five miles east southeast of Glenrock opposite the
Johnson Power Plant. Take the east Glenrock (Wyoming) exit from I-25 and
turn north on County Road 27. The grave is on the right, approximately
½ mile from the turnoff, near a small parking area along the road. There
are two markers in this parking area for the grave, including an interpretive
sign placed by the Oregon-California Trails Association.