More than 150 years ago, when America was still in its infancy, emigrants forging West toward the promise of a new, brighter future passed through Central Wyoming. Along the way, many stopped at a large granite formation located about 50 miles southwest of Casper. As a testament to their journey, they carved their names into this behemoth rock that stands 136 feet tall and covers an area of 24.81 acres. Today it’s known as Independence Rock, a poignant reminder of the sacrifice and fortitude of those who knew a better future lay before them. Take an afternoon to visit this national historic landmark where you might just find the names of some of your ancestors.