Gering in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
These bluﬀs are isolated remnants of the ancient high plains
The bluff you are standing on and the ones adjacent to it are known collectively as Scotts Bluff. Like the famous Chimney Rock to the east, Scotts Bluff is an outlier formation of the Wildcat Hills, visible along the horizon to your right.
Twenty million years ago, the surface of the plains was as high as Scotts Bluff – a gently sloping landscape composed of sediments from high lands to the west. About 5 million years ago, the Platte River and its tributaries began to erode the high plains. Bit by bit, water carried away massive volumes of soil and rock, creating canyons that grew wider and wider.
Today only Wildcat Hills, Scotts Bluff, and other erosion-resistant remnants of the high plains remain. On the multi-layered cliff face ahead you can see many of the rock layers that once covered the region.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 50.12′ N, 103° 41.971′ W. Marker is in Gering, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker can be reached from Old Oregon Trail, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Scotts Bluff National Monument, along 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); The Overland Experience (within shouting distance of this marker); Saddle Rock Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eroding Landmark (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scott Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Way West (approx. 0.3 miles away); The River Route (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gering.
More about this marker. A picture of the landscape appears on the right side of the marker. A photograph at the bottom of the marker has a caption of “Hard, pipe-like concretions, like these along the Saddle Rock Trail, help to hold Scotts Bluff together.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 217 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.