Rainbow Family of the Living Light Gathering July 1 - July 4th /Big Sandy, WY / 42 degrees North 36 minutes by 109 degrees West 14 minutes
Rainbow Family of the Living Light Gathering
- Jun 22-Jul 7 -
Big Sandy, WY -
42 degrees North 36 minutes by 109 degrees West 14 minutes
Take the Rock Springs, WY exit North - approximately 50 miles
Exclusive by the Traveler, elder map reader for festival
Big Sandy, WY (IFS) Expectation for the Old "Hippies" music party of the year. This year, 12 kitchens, In your backyard. Get that old sleeping bag out, bring a bliss kit (cup, bowl and saucer). It's near a river on the Big Sandy Creek, WY.
Sweetwater County is the perfect place to explore American history. Petroglyphs on White Mountain preserve the pictorial language of the prehistoric people from our region. Also, still carved into the earth are the wagon wheel ruts of the pioneer trails.
Highway 28 parallels the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express and California National Historic Trails. There are some of the finest trail remains in the United States.
There are over 100 miles of pioneer trail ruts in Sweetwater County that remain as they were over 150 years ago. Brown's Park and Jarvie Ranch
Along the lower Green River, in a canyon that evolved eons ago in the Uinta Range, lies a valley lush and green in the summer and protected from the harsh western winter winds. It is uncertain how Brown's Park, or Brown's Hole, got its name, but it appears to be a quiet and serene place where nothing bad could ever happen. That appearance is deceiving.
Although evidence shows that Native Americans had used the valley for generations, the first white man to settle there was probably George Baggs. Baggs was a drover who moved several hundred head of cattle into Brown's Park in the late fall of 1871. He planned to only wait out the winter, but stayed there with his common-law wife for many years. Gradually, more and more cattlemen learned about the valley and its lush forage. Ranches began to crop up all through the area and soon a community was born.
Because of its isolation and yet its proximity to main trails of the old days, Brown's Park became a favorite spot for outlaws and those wishing to disappear for awhile. With only two ways in and out of the park, it is easy to understand its popularity. Outlaws would frequently stop at one of the ranches for food, water, or a fresh horse. The people of the community minded their own business and weren't overly concerned about a person's background, as long as the person was honest and fair with the folks of the area.
Two frequent visitors were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Both men were largely accepted in the area because they were polite and helpful. As one old-timer put it, "They never stole from us, just the railroad." They had a kind of "Robin Hood" reputation in Brown's Park.
Amelia Teters related childhood memories of the family returning to their ranch, from a trip to town, and finding that someone had been in the cabin and eaten a meal. "There would be a silver dollar lying by the dirty dishes, to pay for whatever was used," she said. It was unheard of to turn a stranger away, even if he might be an outlaw.
One of the most famous and well-loved people in the valley was John Jarvie. Jarvie migrated from Scotland when he was in his mid-twenties. He decided on Wyoming Territory as the place to start his new life and, in 1871, opened a saloon on North Front Street in Rock Springs. He met young Nellie Barr in 1881 and they were married almost immediately. They decided to move to Brown's Park and open a store to supply the residents of the valley. The Jarvies eventually built a nice home but, at first, they lived in a cozy dugout in a hill near the riverbank. The dugout is still there and is part of the historic site.
The folks in the valley loved John and Nell Jarvie and appreciated having a store close by. The Jarvies were good to the community and raised a large family there. But the tradition of helping out was the undoing of John Jarvie.
On July 6, 1909, Jimmy Jarvie, the youngest of John's brood, rode up to the house, expecting his dad to meet him on the porch. Instead, he found blood pooled in drying puddles and drag marks in the dirt. He followed the trail to the river and there he spotted a clump of long white hair snagged on a bush - hair like his father's. Back at the cabin, young Jarvie found the house ransacked. On the table was evidence of an unfinished meal and an open jug of whiskey.
A hew and cry went up throughout the community and folks searched for John Jarvie's body and the two men suspected of robbing and killing him. George Hood, who was known to dislike Jarvie, had been seen with another man going toward the Jarvie Store on the day before the disappearance. The ranchers sent to Rock Springs for the sheriff and, meanwhile, began trying to pick up the trail of the killers. It was a week before the body of the murdered man was found. Archie Jarvie found his father 20 miles downstream on the Green River he so loved. He was tied to his overturned rowboat and had been beaten and shot in the back. Although two $500 rewards were offered and posses roamed the hills and hidden canyons for months, Hood and his partner were never found.
Visitors to Brown's Park can see the dugout that John and Nell lived in as newlyweds, and the stone house where John met his fate.
Expedition Island, near the present day town of Green River, Wyoming, was the starting point for the two expeditions down the Green and Colorado Rivers led by Major John Wesley Powell in 1869 and 1871. On these expeditions Powell completed the exploration of the last, large, unknown land area in the continental United States. Exploration of the unknown Colorado River by Powell and his crew opened up a new era for the nation. New concepts of conservation, reclamation, forestry and water management, geological and geographical surveys, and a whole new and scientific approach to the western lands ensued. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1969.
Live Ghost Town
This town, forgotten by time, was once a bustling town of more than 3,000 residents lured by underground coalmines. Today, only 275 hearty souls keep this isolated ghost town alive. Sites include all but vanished old town buildings, old dumpsites and areas for wildlife and wild horse viewing. For other ghost towns in Wyoming, click here.
Granger Stage Station
The Granger Station is a Wyoming State Historic Site located in Granger, Wyoming. The site contains one building constructed of cut native stone joined with lime-sand mortar.
The building was probably constructed around 1861-62. There has been some controversy and confusion over the date of the construction of this building. There was a stage station called the Ham’s Fork station located nearby. This station was a very crude dugout building set against a rise. It was described in less than glowing terms by an early traveler, Sir Richard Burton. “It was a disgrace; the squalor and filth were worse almost than the two—Cold Springs and Rock Creek—which had called our horrors, and which had always seemed to be the ne plus ultra of Western discomfort. The shanty was made of dry stone piled up against a dwarf cliff to save backwall, and ignored doors and windows.”
Six Historic Trails sites (South Pass Overlook, False Parting-of-the-Ways, Big Sandy Crossing, Simpson's Hollow, Pilot Butte Trail Site, and Lombard Ferry) are located on Wyoming Highway 28 between the South Pass Rest Stop (east of Farson) and the Green River (west of Farson).
In Sweetwater County, Highway 28 parallels the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express, and California National Historic Trails. Intact trail ruts are visible at the False Parting-of-the-Ways, Simpson's Hollow, and Pilot Butte Trail sites.
Pilot Butte Trails Site is approximately 12 miles west of Farson on Wyoming Highway 28. This Bureau of Land Management Historic Interpretive Site offers signs about the Pilot Butte Trails landmark, Indian-Emigrant relations, and Transcontinental Telegraph. Signs are adjacent to trail ruts of the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express, and California National Historic Trails.
The Pony Express Route runs from South Pass, in Sublette County, to Pacific Springs, to Dry Sandy, to Little Sandy, to Big Sandy and Farson, to Big Timber, to Michael Morrins, to Hams Fork, to Church Buttes, to Millersville, and to Fort Bridger.
The Cherokee Trail runs north of Baggs, Wyoming, to the old Emigrant trail, east of US Highway 191, crossing Dans Creek and Little Bitter Creek south of Rock Springs, across Sage Creek (twice), crossing the Green River just above the Blacks Fork River Confluence, and to the Lone Tree Station.
The Overland Trail was the stagecoach route which ran across Bridger Pass, in Carbon County, to Sulphur Springs, Washakie, Duck Lake, Dug Spring, Fort LaClede, Black Buttes, Point of Rocks, Salt Wells, Rock Springs, Green River, Lone Tree Station, Granger, and on into Fort Bridger. Remnants of stage stations along the trail can be found with easy access at Point of Rocks (along I-80) and Granger (a short distance north of I-80).
Old Emigrant Trail runs from Bridger Pass, on the Overland Trail, to Fort LaClede, turns southwest until it meets up with the Cherokee Trail on the Little Bitter Creek, then to Lone Tree Station; it follows the Overland Trail until Fort Bridger, then turns northwest through the Bridger Antelope Trap.
A high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle and dry road conditions are recommended for access to many of the trail areas.
These are some of the finest trail remains in the United States; please respect them and protect them.
For more information on the historic trails, please visit the BLM website.
The Overland Trail
So the invitation reads like this, expecting approximately 25,000 family members, bring all supplies necessary for camping for two weeks. The best selling RV for this festival, is the 1977 Ford 21 foot Cab over RV. Very good mileage, reliable engine, just big enough and easy to manage -- and costing $3,700 average across the country.
Things to trade:
Flashlights - all sizes
Things to do there:
26 music camps and theatres
Local Media News Video Camps
Rainbow Family Seniors Retirement Planning Camps
Social Security Information Camps
The Nursing Camps for First Aid
Food Sampling kitchens
DIRECTIONS / FESTIVAL / FYI
First, know WY laws!!
RAINBOW FAMILY OF THE LIVING LIGHT
JUNE 22, 2008 THRU JULY 7, 2008
FESTIVAL = JULY 1ST THRU JULY 4TH
BIG SANDY, WY
EXIT ROCK SPRINGS, WY AND DRIVE NORTH. JUST FOLLOW ALL THE PEOPLE, AND PICK UP A COUPLE OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS ALONG THE ROAD TO THE FESTIVAL.
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