11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Year Listed: 1995
Location: South Pass, Wyoming
Threat: Development, Road Construction
To westbound travelers on the Oregon Trail, South Pass provided the least rigorous crossing of the awesome barrier of the Continental Divide. Original trail ruts, clearly visible more than a century after the big wagons rolled, are not the only nationally significant resources in the South Pass area: prehistoric archeological remains, Native American sacred sites and a 19th-century mining town are all nearby. But a proposed natural gas pipeline set to cut through the landscape, requiring rock blasting and trenching, would cause extensive and irreparable damage.