Jun 3, 2018
Over half a million American emigrants passed by Independence Rock in Wyoming, on the way to Oregon and hopefully a better life than the one they had left. Many stopped to paint or chisel their names on the long granite hill, leaving their mark behind for others to find. If they made Independence Rock by July 4th, they knew they could make it to Oregon or California before the winter snows. They often stopped to celebrate July 4th, Independence Day- a day that meant a lot to them as people free to live and worship as they pleased in a country with no limits on what they could accomplish.