Elizabeth Paul

Elizabeth Paul
Lincoln County, Wyoming


Elizabeth Paul left Iowa in April 1862 headed for Washington Territory with her husband Thomas and their children. She died giving birth to a daughter on July 27, at age 32. Her family buried her beneath a lodgepole pine, which still stands.  The baby died shortly thereafter; Thomas and the remaining children arrived and settled in Walla Walla County, Washington.


Salt River Mountains about 30 miles northwest of Big Piney in Lincoln County, Wyoming.

The site is in a remote area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Visitors are advised to obtain directions and map from the US Forest Service offices in Afton, Kemmerer, or Big Piney.

The recommended route to the grave from Big Piney is to drive 30 miles west from town limits following the Lander Trail. Several other emigrant graves are enroute to the Paul grave.

The site is open to the public on land managed by the US Forest Service.


Source: Randy Brown and Reg Duffin, Graves and Sites on the Oregon and California Trails, OCTA 2nd edition, 1998, pp 72-73

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