Hiking To This Aboveground Cave In Wyoming Will Give You A Surreal Experience
The trails that lead to this one unusual cave have been around for quite a while. In fact, these trails were used by emigrants during the westward expansion. The Oregon, California and Mormon Trails all lead to a large sandstone cliff near Guernsey known as Register Cliff. Immigrants traveling the trails would stop and camp here while letting their livestock rest in the nearby pasture. The travelers also inscribed their names upon the rocks. While technically there may not be actual hiking trails in the area today, there are walking paths that lead visitors around the site.
The town of Guernsey is named after a cattleman who had a ranch near Register Cliff. In 1926, the ranch was sold to the Henry Frederick Family. The face of the base of the cliff was blasted out by the Frederick Family to form an aboveground cave to store potatoes and other vegetables that were grown on their ranch. Before supermarkets, root cellars and such were used to store produce. The stone walls were used as insulation to keep the potatoes from freezing in the winter and to keep food cool in the summer. Later, the cave was used primarily to store machinery. Register Cliff was gifted to the State of Wyoming in 1932 to be set up as a memorial to the pioneers.
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