National Geographic : 1945 Aug
Staff Photographer B.Anthony Stewart Past This "Register of the Desert," or Independence Rock, Runs the Great Trail over Which Swarmed Westbound Emigrants Brass tablets set on the turtle-shaped rock honor the memories of pioneers, missionaries, and others. Unfortunately, some ofthe plaques and freshly painted names obliterate historic records of hundreds who cut their names in the stone nearly 100 years ago. Often Easterners cometoscan this directory, seeking relatives who dis appeared into the West long ago. With plenty of water and grass, this was a popular camping spot; hereabouts whitesfought off Indian attacks and graves are thick.