Lantz headstone is now in pieces and totally illegible,
but earlier in this century
the stone could still be partially read. Thanks
notations made by early trail historians,
the story of this grave was discovered.
Lantz left his Centerville, Indiana home on April 2, 1850 with a California
bound company of gold seekers. At the time, Lantz was 45, married with
five children, and a well-established wagon maker and businessman. His
attempted trek to California, without his family, testifies to the lure
of the goldfields.
reached Black’s Fork on July 9. Lantz had been sick for several days but,
the 10th, his condition worsened considerably. The company
agreed to stop "until there was a change in him for better or worse."
Lantz was attended by a doctor traveling with the company but there was
nothing to be done. On July 12, 1850, James Seaton wrote: "Mr. Lantz
is still alive but insensible. He lived until 9½ o’clock A.M. When he
was no more he was buried at sunset near the road in a very decent manner.
His grave was marked by a neat stone. His disease was the bloody flux.
There are 10 more get the same disease but none serious."
Sweetwater County, Wyoming. T19N/R111W
Three and a half miles northwest of Granger. From Granger, turn west on
U.S. 30. Proceed under the railroad overpass and continue on this for
about ¼ a mile. Then turn north on a gravel road. The grave is on the
right, about three miles northeast.
National Park Service
Comprehensive Management Plan
The site has been marked by the Oregon-California Trails Association.
There is no known threat to the site. It is not listed on the National
Brown, Randy. "Daniel Lantz and the Wayne County Companies of
1850," Overland Journal 9:3 (Fall 1991): 2-13.