The Oregon Trail, following the Bear River along the western border of Wyoming, passes a hill which became known as Rocky Point. Here the valley, which to the south is broad, swampy and lined by low hills, narrows down, passing through a ridge of low mountains. Right next to Rocky Point, a narrow valley opens into the hills on the east, out of which flows Smith's Fork. The hills are sparsely covered with sagebrush and junipers, the valley is grassy and dotted with deciduous trees.
In 1869, Tilford Kutch settled here and later opened a trading post and operated a ferry across Smith's Fork. He was joined in 1874-75 by Mormon pioneers, the Collett and Gee and Bourne families, who were sent by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to settle Cokeville. The settlement lived in quiet isolation for many years and was not incorporated until 1910.
In 1926 U. S. Highway 30 was commissioned with its route passing through Cokeville. By 1935 the highway had an oil surface and Cokeville found itself once again on a major route across the country. The elevation is 6190 feet above sea level, and ranching is the major occupation. As of the year 2000, Cokeville is home to 506 people, many of whom are descended from the original settlers, and who feel a connection to the land they live on and the lifestyle which came with it.
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