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Lewellen in Garden County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Descent of Windlass Hill

 
 
Descent of Windlass Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
1. Descent of Windlass Hill Marker
Inscription.
Here, covered-wagon travelers faced the most
difficult terrain since their departure from
Missouri. One man said:
I cannot say at what angle we
descend, but it is so great that
some go so far as to say ‘the
road hangs a little past the
perpendicular
. . . . ”

 
Location. 41° 15.659′ N, 102° 6.904′ W. Marker is in Lewellen, Nebraska, in Garden County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 26, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in the Windlass Hill section of Ash Hollow State Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lewellen NE 69147, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Oregon Trail (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Wagon Ruts (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wagons in the West (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rough Going (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. half a mile away); Windlass Hill Pioneer Homestead (approx. 1.6 miles away); School District 55 (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lewellen.
 
More about this marker.
Descent of Windlass Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
2. Descent of Windlass Hill Marker
A picture on the marker shows a covered wagon making the steep descent down Windlass Hill.
 
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Descent of Windlass Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
3. Descent of Windlass Hill Marker
Marker on Windlass Hill image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
4. Marker on Windlass Hill
Windlass Hill was so steep that wagons on the Oregon Trail had to use ropes or chains to slow their descent, or they locked their wheels and slid down the hill.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 24 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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