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Gering in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Scotts Bluff

The Oregon Trail passed through here in the 1850s

 
 
Scotts Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
1. Scotts Bluff Marker
Inscription.
You are standing on the northern section of Scotts Bluff, looking across to the southern section. On the horizon the Wildcat Hills stretch far to the east (left). Below, the route of the Oregon Trail cuts through Mitchell Pass. A few traces of the old wagon trail are still visible.

All the bluffs you can see here were known to the pioneers as “Scotts Bluffs.” These impressive rocks signaled the completion of the monotonous 600-mile trek across the plains. Weary travelers found spring water and firewood here, and a sheltered place to camp.

During the 1840s, steep-walled ravines forced wagon trains to bypass Scotts Bluff. The Oregon Trail veered away from the North Platte River and crossed Roubadeau Pass, 8 miles (13 km) west of here. With engineering assistance from the U.S. Army, the Mitchell Pass route opened in 1851.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 50.091′ N, 103° 41.984′ W. Marker is in Gering, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker can be reached from Old Oregon Trail, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in Scotts Bluff National Monument, at the end of the South Overlook Trail at the summit of the bluff. Marker is in this post office area: Gering NE 69341, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Scotts Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
2. Scotts Bluff Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pony Express (here, next to this marker); The Overland Experience (here, next to this marker); Remnant Highlands (within shouting distance of this marker); Saddle Rock Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eroding Landmark (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scott Memorial (approx. mile away); The Way West (approx. 0.4 miles away); The River Route (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gering.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a map of the portion of Scotts Bluff that is seen from the marker. It shows the Route of the Oregon Trail and local landmarks, including Mitchell Pass, Dome Rock, Wildcat Hills, Crown Rock, South Bluff, Sentinel Rock, Eagle Rock, Summit Road, Saddle Rock Trail, and the Visitor Center.
 
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Scotts Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
3. Scotts Bluff Marker
The Scotts Bluff marker is the rightmost marker seen here.
Markers at Scotts Bluff image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
4. Markers at Scotts Bluff
Several markers can be found at this location. The Scotts Bluff marker is seen here on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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