|The views contained in this file are reenactments. Absolutely no defacing or inscribing was done.|
Fulkerson grave is located at Rattlesnake Pass five miles west of
Independence Rock and near Devilšs Gate. Frederick Richard Fulkerson died
July 1, 1847. This is one of the oldest identified graves on the
Fulkerson was a member of an Oregon bound emigrant company captained by
Rev. Richard Miller that called itself the Plains Baptist Church. Most of
the company had been members of the Florence Baptist Church located near
Jefferson City, Missouri. Seventeen years old, Frederick was the oldest son
of James and Mary Fulkerson of Cole County, Missouri.
One account of the death of F. R. Fulkerson has it that when crossing
the Platte River he swam the river below the crossing to ford the stock over
[and] he became so chilled and exhausted that he died and was buried near
the crossing. Another, perhaps more accurate account, came down from
Margaret Fulkerson Curl, Frederickšs sister. [Her] brother took the fever,
and Mr. Fulkerson, with two other families remained while the others went
on. After nine days, the young man died near Devil's Gate.
On July 14, 1847 Mary Fulkerson, Frederick's mother, died and was
buried on the trail near Names Hill on the Sublette Cutoff near Green River
crossing. Though the general area of her grave is known, the exact location
of it has been lost.