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Trail ruts can still be seen as they cross this ridge, known as both Emigrant Hill and California Hill.

This was known as Child’s Route. It follows the north bank of the Platte River for 160 miles from Fort Laramie to Casper. It was heavily used after 1850 for emigrants heading to California, Oregon, and Utah.  The grave of Elva Ingram is marked on the summit as well as two other unidentified graves.

National Park Service Comprehensive Management Plan
Potential threats to the site include possible housing developments and the activities of the Wyoming National Guard. The site is not listed on the National Register.

Ownership
Private. Open to the public. Some of Child’s Route passes through public lands.

Directions
Platte County, Wyoming. T22N/R66W

From Hartville, Wyoming, take the Manville Highway north for about one mile. Turn left and follow the road downhill for ¾ mile to the foot of Emigrant Hill. Continue straight ahead up the winding road. After reaching the top of Emigrant Hill, turn left in ¼ mile. The Ingram grave is in the pasture to the left, ¼ mile after turning.

 

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