Nebraska Western Historical Tour
- Start: Ogallala, NE
- End: Gering, NE
- Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:38
- Total Mileage: 271 Miles
- Number of stops: 13
A large fraction of the Oregon Trail, a route used by settlers in the 19th century in search of new land, is in Nebraska. Along this tour, you must visit the Chimney Rock National Historic Site in Bayard. Chimney Rock is a 500-foot-tall spire that marked the end of the American Great Plains and the beginning of the Rocky Mountains for settlers. You may choose to picnic near this great American landmark or stop by the visitor center for a copy of Captain John C. Fremont's map from his 1842 trip. For more history of the Oregon Trail, travel northwest to Gering to visit Scotts Bluff National Monument. This landmark towers 800 feet above the North Platte River and served as a marker for those traveling along the Oregon, California, and Pony Express Trails. Traces of the road used by wagons heading westbound are still noticeable.
Nebraska, United States of America