The town was named Lander in honor of General Frederick W. Lander, a famous transcontinental explorer who surveyed the Oregon Trail’s Lander Cutoff. Several miles southeast of town near present-day U.S. Route 287 is the site of Wyoming’s first oil well, circa 1884.
It looks amazing and beautiful, but, we are going to Lander to meet Marianne’s mom, Ethel, her sister Susan, and nieces Kelly and Brigid, both who attend college there! We are so excited!
And also, on the way there, we will be driving through Jackson Hole WY, a place we have never been but are so excited to see! Hoping to see the Tetons!