“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Gering in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

A Transportation Corridor

Traffic moved both east and west along the trails.

A Transportation Corridor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, May 25, 2021
1. A Transportation Corridor Marker
Most history books focus on the westbound travel along the trails, but what about eastward movement?

The first European-Americans to record seeing the bluffs were eastbound fur traders returning from the west coast. After that, fur traders traveled both ways to trap, trade and attend rendezvous.

Once wagons traversed the trail, the reasons to travel along it multiplied with vast numbers of people moving west looking for land, riches and religious freedom. The number of people who turned around is unknown.

Motives for returning to their starting points varied with the people. Some "saw the elephant” and quit in the midst of their westbound journey. Hardships, deaths and the realization that this was not what they wanted were all reasons to become a “go-backer" or turnaround. Other people made it to their destination and found it was not for them. Some returned for good and others came back only long enough to bring other family members to the west.

Traders drove massive freight wagons both ways on the trail. Army units also rode the trail east and west as they watched for problems along
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the route. The short-lived Pony Express galloped each direction as they carried mail between St. Joseph, Missouri and San Francisco, California.

With traffic running two ways through such a narrow pass, how do you think they avoided having traffic jams?

Fur traders attended rendezvous each year from 1825 to 1840, bringing back valuable furs for the wealthy.

Most of the trail was wide enough to allow room for travelers to pass each other.

Pony Express riders braved the elements and other dangers to ensure mail was delivered faster than ever before.

Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
Location. 41° 49.772′ N, 103° 42.656′ W. Marker is near Gering, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker is on Old Oregon Trail Road (State Highway 92), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 190276 Old Oregon Trail Road, Gering NE 69341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Choices (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oregon Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); History Lives on in Art
Old emigrant trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, May 25, 2021
2. Old emigrant trail
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Assistance on the Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scott's Bluff Pony Express Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Sea of Grass (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Landscape Changed Forever (approx. 0.7 miles away); Before the Wagons (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gering.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 8, 2023