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Release Date: 07/22/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Pinedale Field Office Archaeologist to Speak at
Oregon-California Trail Association National Convention

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office (PFO) archaeologist, Dave Crowley, will present his research on a previously forgotten branch of the Lander Road at the Oregon-California Trail Association’s National Convention at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyo. on Aug. 10.

The 256-mile Lander Road segment of the California National Historic Trail afforded emigrants a short-cut between South Pass, Wyo., and Fort Hall, Idaho, and was the first federally funded road west of the Mississippi River. Historical research and a detailed analysis of maps and other documents indicated that two branches of the Lander Road traversed what is now the Pinedale Anticline natural gas field. This discovery revealed that the first route of the historic trail, as designed and constructed by Col. Frederick W. Lander, had been abandoned in favor of a short-cut to the south. Long forgotten, the road’s original location and function were rediscovered and confirmed by PFO archaeologists in August 2009.

For more information, please contact Dave Crowley, PFO archaeologist, at 307-367-5323 or

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 07-22-2011