Emigrants' Laundry Tub

Guernsey, Wyoming

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Wyoming’s most famous thermal spring in the mid-nineteenth century, located on the Oregon Trail, a day’s wagon journey from Fort Laramie. The warm water pool and nearby gurgling springs are of mainly historical interest, frequented more by thirsty cattle than by thermal bathers. In spite of having to contend with military bureaucracy, obstinate cattle, and occasional low-flying National Guard helicopters, it’s still worth a trip to visit the warm springs seen by tens of thousands of emigrants on the Oregon Trail. The larger pool, once used for laundering pioneer clothing, is about 15 feet in diameter and a foot deep. The 70-degree-F springs bubble up through a sandy bottom in the center of the pool. There’s lots of mud and cow manure on the pool’s heavily trampled edge. The lower springs issue from a crack in a 3-foot ledge of snow-white limestone and enter an oblong pool 1 foot deep and 10 feet across. The spring water is crystal clear when it gushes from the limestone but becomes murky as it passes over a muddy area trampled by thirsty cattle.

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"Wyoming’s most famous thermal spring in the mid-nineteenth century, located on the Oregon Trail, a day’s wagon journey from Fort Laramie. The warm water pool and nearby gurgling springs are of mainly historical interest, frequented more by thirsty cattle than by thermal bathers. In spite of having to contend with military bureaucracy, obstinate cattle, and occasional low-flying National Guard helicopters, it’s still worth a trip to visit the warm springs seen by tens of thousands of emigrants on the Oregon Trail.

The larger pool, once used for laundering pioneer clothing, is about 15 feet in diameter and a foot deep. The 70-degree-F springs bubble up through a sandy bottom in the center of the pool. There’s lots of mud and cow manure on the pool’s heavily trampled edge. The lower springs issue from a crack in a 3-foot ledge of snow-white limestone and enter an oblong pool 1 foot deep and 10 feet across. The spring water is crystal clear when it gushes from the limestone but becomes murky as it passes over a muddy area trampled by thirsty cattle."

Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives, Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Guernsey
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Year-round, best in summer due to relatively low temperature water. Winter and spring rains may make the road impassable.
Features: Hot Springs
Local Maps: Wyoming State Highways Map; USGS Wheatland NE
Driving Directions: Directions to Emigrants' Laundry Tub

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5/21/2017
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Read about this hot spring and ventured out to the location. The water was around 40°F; don't waste your time.



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