While South Pass Brides is an erotic romance of the old west, it is packed with the history of the United States. As part of the Oregon Trail, the South Pass in Wyoming is a saddle between low mountains defining the Continental Divide. All the streams on the east side drain into the Atlantic while those on the west side drain into the Pacific.
When Thomas and Olga crossed the South Pass in 1848, only about 16,000 pioneers had made the crossing before them. Nearly a half a million would follow them until the Transcontinental Railroad opened in 1869. Thomas and Olga would have found the South Pass looking much like this:
However 15 years later, an artist depicted this scene:
Here is the marker Exera Meeker placed in 1907.
And here is what the actual wagon ruts look like today.
To the west of South Pass it was a hard trek through these sand dunes until reaching the first water at Pacific Springs.
And the Parting of the Ways where the Mormon and California trails diverted from the Oregon Trail.
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