The Green River presented a major obstacle to the westward bound emigrants.
years of the emigration, a number of different locations were used to
ford, float, or ferry over the rivers. The most popular means of crossing
for those on the main branch of the westward emigrant trails was the "Lombard
Ferry," established by mountain men in 1843. In 1850, the mountain
men sold out to the Mormons who ran the ferries for the next eight years.
At that time, it was usually called the Green River Mormon Ferry. The
name Lombard Ferry did not attach to the site until after the emigration,
when William Lombard took over the operation in 1889.
During the peak emigration
months of May, June, and July, emigrants sometimes had to wait several
days to cross. Evidence of the vast camping area can still be found on
the eastern shores of the river, along with ruts leading away from the
site. Rates could go as high as $16 per wagon for the crossing. Those
emigrants who could not afford the toll or were too impatient to wait
their turn often lost everything when they misjudged the current or slipped
off the narrow gravel bar that allowed safe passage.
Other crossings in
this area include the Robinson Ferry, a few miles south of Lombard Ferry.
The Robinson Ferry was built by the Mormons in 1847 and operated by them
until 1856 when it became the operation of Isaac Bullock and Lewis Robinson.
A few years later, Indians attacked the Robinson homestead, killing all
but a young girl. The ferry was then abandoned. The Robinson Ferry site
is also within the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge.
Public (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Sweetwater County, Wyoming. T22N/R109W
Follow State Route 372 north from Green River, Wyoming for approximately
25 miles until it intersects with S. R. 28 to Farson. Turn on SR 28 and
look for the signs to the interpretive panels just before you cross the
bridge over the Green. Emigrants traveling on the Kinney or Slate Creek
Cutoffs crossed the Green just north of the Lombard Ferry site.
National Park Service
Comprehensive Management Plan
The BLM has erected interpretive panels at the site of the south Lombard
The site is listed on the National Register. It is threatened by gas development
and fossil collectors.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
and Vicinity: A Historical Perspective.