National Park Service

The Great American Landmarks Adventure
Independence Rock
We left our names on a rock during westward journeys.

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Independence Rock

This was a famous landmark and favorite resting place for travelers on the Oregon Trail, the route originally used by emigrants and stage and freight traffic. By the 1840s, many families who passed by this enormous rock had scratched or painted their names on its surface. The names can still be seen today, evidence of an important chapter in the westward expansion of the United States.

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