Ogallala in Keith County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
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Erected 1912 by State of Nebraska, Keith County Historical Society, and the Garden Club.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 41° 6.307′ N, 101° 43.21′ W. Marker is in Ogallala, Nebraska, in Keith County. Marker is at the intersection of Lawrence Road and West Road 80, on the left when traveling north on Lawrence Road. Touch for map. Marker is located in Ogallala's Tri-Trails Park, 1 mile south of Ogallala and 1 block west of Nebraska Highway 61. Marker is in this post office area: Ogallala NE 69153, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sand Hill Station (a few steps from this marker); The Lincoln Highway (approx. 1.3 miles away); Interstate 80 (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Union Pacific (approx. 1.4 miles away); California Hill (approx. 1.4 miles away); Highways 26 and 92 (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Mormon Trail (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Great Platte River Road (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ogallala.
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Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Ogallala Tri-Trails Park
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1. The Oregon Trail. The Oregon Trail was used from 1840-1869 (primarily 1843-1848) and followed the “Great Platte River Road” along the river’s south side. The actual trail did shift as the river did, drifting a bit north or south. Buffalo created unique “road hazards” along the trail for the covered wagons, perhaps by the beasts themselves, but always from their tracks. As the herds would walk to the river to quench their thirst, they would carve out ruts, (Submitted on September 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Oregon Trail: Wagon Tracks West (Article by Bob Brooke). In the spring of 1843, the first ripple of a coming tide of would-be settlers piled everything they owned into canvas-covered wagons, handcarts and any other vehicle that could move, and set out along a dim trace called ‘the Emigrant Road.’ They went by way of a route that was a broad ribbon of threads, sometimes intertwining, sometimes splitting off into frayed digressions. It ran beside waterways, stretched across tall-grass and short-grass prairies, wound through mountain passes, and then spanned the Pacific Slope to the promised lands of Oregon and California. One in 17 never made it. This road to the Far West soon became known by another name–the Oregon Trail. (Submitted on September 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. The Oregon Trail across Nebraska. Over 175 years ago, adventurers who wanted to travel west began making their way across the Oregon Trail. Approximately one whole month of their four-month trip was spent inside what was then Nebraska Territory. The Oregon Trail was (Submitted on September 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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