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Historical Features - NAMES HILL


Names Hill is located on the west side of U.S. 189 approximately six miles south of La Barge Wyoming. The site is a notable location along the Oregon-California Trail where emigrants carved their names into the soft limestone after crossing the Green River. The site also includes a monument and 2 interpretive signs.

History of Names Hill:

  • This steep cliff rising above the Green River is one of three locations along the Oregon Trail where emigrants registered their presence. At Names Hill they camped and carved their names into the soft limestone. The earliest dates back to 1822, making it the oldest pioneer inscription in Wyoming.
  • The most famous inscription on Names Hill is that of mountain man Jim Bridger, who despite reportedly being unable to read or write, left his mark here in 1844. Other inscriptions include pictographs left by the American Indians.

  • US Highway 189, LaBarge, WY 83123
  • Distance from Ft. Bridger: 87.8 miles
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.174937, -110.1904039

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Site Status


COVID-19 Coronavirus
Important Information:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Wyoming State Park: overnight camping facilities, cabins, yurts, group sites/shelters, showerhouses, some non-essential restrooms, and playgrounds are closed until further notice.

All parks currently remain open for day-use outdoor recreation activities including: trailheads, hiking/biking trails, boat ramps, fishing access, essential restrooms, individual picnic areas/tables. Normal park fees apply; visitors are urged to use fee canisters. 

State Historic Sites are closed to the general public until further notice. 

While we encourage citizens to enjoy the great outdoors while maintaining social distances, please know the Governor has also urged citizens to stay home whenever possible. This is an ever-changing situation. 




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 Names Hill State Historic Site
 Kemmerer, WY 83101

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