Ada Magill

Ada Magill
Converse County, Wyoming


Caleb and Nancy Magill traveled with their six children with a wagon train from Brown County, Kansas to Dallas, Oregon in 1864. After leaving Fort Laramie, three-year old Ada developed and died of dysentery. She was buried on July 3, 1864 in a “Sunday best tiny calico dress.”

Due to highway construction in 1912, Ada’s grave was moved 30 feet north of its original location. The Wyoming state engineer made the headstone that marks Ada’s resting place.


Five miles west of Glenrock, Converse County, Wyoming

From the west edge of Glenrock, drive west on US 26 for about 4.7 – 5 miles, turn north on gravel road. In 0.1 mile, turn west. The grave is about 100 yards down the road.

The site is open to the public.


Source: Randy Brown and Reg Duffin, Graves and Sites on the Oregon and California Trails, OCTA 2nd edition, 1998, pp 52-53

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