In memory of Anderson Deckard and party who camped here July 4, 1853. Settled near Albany, Oregon. Erected by his Descendants -1954-
In memory of
Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard
1861 - 1936
Erected by Colonial Dames, Resident
in the State of Wyoming
In memory of Father P. J. DeSmet S.J. 1840 who named this rock The Register of the Desert. Dedicated July 4, 1930, by Wyoming Knights of Columbus.
In honor of the Mormon pioneers who passed Independence Rock June 21, 1847. Under the leadership of Brigham Young on their way to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake and of more than 80,000 'Mormon' emigrants who followed by ox teams, hand carts and other means of travel, seeking religious liberty and economic independence. Erected June 21, 1931, by descendants and followers of the pioneers who have made the desert bloom as the rose.
In memory of Jason Lee the Trailblazer of Methodism in the Northwest. 1834-1844
Independence Rock. Probably discovered by returning Astorians, 1812. Given its name by emigrants who celebrated Independence Day here July 4, 1825. Capt. Bonneville passed here with first wagons 1832. Whitman and Spalding, missionaries with their wives stopped here 1836. Father DeSmet saw it and owing to many names upon it called it Register of the Desert 1840. Gen. John C. Fremont camped here with U.S. Army Aug. 2, 1842. It is the most famous landmark on the Old Oregon Trail."
The first Lodge of Masons in what is now the State of Wyoming was convened on Independence Rock July 4, 1862, by a body of Master Masons who were traveling west on the Old Oregon Trail. To commemorate this event Casper Lodge No. 15 A.F. and A.M. of Casper, Wyoming, held memorial services here on July 4, 1920.