Critique Register Cliff

Butlerkid

Cafe Ambassador
Administrator
Joined
Apr 8, 2008
Messages
24,233
Location
Rutledge, Tennessee
Real Name
Karen
Register Cliff rises more than 100 feet above the North Platte River Valley south of Guernsey, Wyo. The area was the first night camp west of Fort Laramie for Oregon Trail travelers. Under the shadow of the chalky limestone bluffs on the south bank of the river, the emigrants paused to set up camp, pasture their animals and rest from the hardships of the trail.

Register Cliff. Wyoming SHPO photo.Names on Register Cliff. Wyoming Tales and Trails photo.The stopover gave them time to record their names and the dates of their passage. Many of the inscriptions at Register Cliff are from the 1840s and 1850s, the peak years of travel along the trail. Several states, especially Ohio, are well represented in the carvings.

It is likely that the cliff and its surroundings were a familiar stopping place as early as the fur trade era, though most inscriptions from that time have weathered away. The earliest known carving on the cliff reads, ''1829 This July 14,'' perhaps cut by a French speaker to commemorate Bastille Day. One unusual series of names, representing three generations of Register Cliff scribes, is that of T. H. Unthank, dated 1850; O. N. Unthank, 1869; and O. A. Unthank, 1931.

I have processed the images so that the inscriptions are a little easier to see and read. In person, most of the inscriptions are very faint.....as they were made well over 100 years ago!

First a 27 image vertical pano....something I seldom do. AND all the inscriptions I photographed were outside the pano - to the left of the sign! Click on the image to view full screen. The details are amazing!
_85A8701_26-X3.jpg
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)


#2
_85A8680-X2.jpg
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)


#3
_85A8668-X2.jpg
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)


#4
_85A8675-X2.jpg
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)


#5
_85A8679-X2.jpg
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)


#6
_85A8683-X2.jpg
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)
 
Joined
May 27, 2013
Messages
3,180
Location
Cornpatch
Register Cliff was the first overnight stop on the Oregon Trail west of Ft. Laramie.
 

Latest threads

Links on this page may be to our affiliates. Sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.
Nikon Cafe is a fan site and not associated with Nikon Corporation.
Forum post reactions by Twemoji: https://github.com/twitter/twemoji
Forum GIFs powered by GIPHY: https://giphy.com/
Copyright © Amin Forums, LLC
Top Bottom