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

Ash Hollow

 
 
Ash Hollow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, July 17, 2007
1. Ash Hollow Marker
Inscription.  Ash Hollow was famous on the Oregon Trail. A branch of the trail ran northwestward from the Lower California Crossing of the South Platte River a few miles west of Brule, and descended here into the North Platte Valley. The hollow, named for a growth of ash trees, was entered by Windlass Hill to the south. Wagons had to be eased down its steep slope by ropes.

Ash Hollow with its water, wood and grass was a welcome relief after the arduous trip from the South Platte and the travelers usually stopped for period of rest and refitting. An abandoned trappers cabin served as a unofficial postoffice where letters were deposited to be carried to the “States” by Eastbound travelers. The graves of Rachel Pattison and other emigrants are in the nearby cemetery.

In 1855 a significant fight, commonly called the Battle of Ash Hollow, occurred at Blue Water Creek northwest of here. General Harney’s forces sent out to chastise the Indians after the Grattan Massacre of 1854 here attacked Little Thunder’s band of Brule Sioux while the Indians were attempting to parley, killed a large number and captured the rest of the band.
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Erected by Lewellen Lions Club and Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 15.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksNative AmericansNotable EventsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
 
Location. 41° 18.012′ N, 102° 7.168′ W. Marker is in Lewellen, Nebraska, in Garden County. Marker is on U.S. 26. You’ll have to enter the Ash Hollow State Historic Park, go up the hill to the Visitor Center. It is located in the parking area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lewellen NE 69147, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ash Hollow Geology (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trading Post (approx. 0.9 miles away); School District 55 (approx. one mile away); Windlass Hill Pioneer Homestead (approx. 1.1 miles away); Oregon Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); Wagon Ruts (approx. 2.6 miles away); Rough Going (approx. 2.6 miles away); Wagons in the West (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewellen.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oregon National Historic Trail
Ash Hollow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
2. Ash Hollow Marker
. This National Historic Trail streatches across six states. (Submitted on September 27, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.) 

2. California National Historic Trail. This National Historic Trail streatches across nine states, reaching from the Missouri River in Missouri to the Pacific Coast of California. (Submitted on September 27, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.) 
 
Ash Hollow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, July 17, 2007
3. Ash Hollow Marker
Park Visitor Center and parking in the background. The marker is in profile on the left in the photo.
Ash Hollow image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, July 17, 2007
4. Ash Hollow
The current road and parking area is the 'historic' trail and camping grounds of the wagon trains.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 4,706 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 14, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.   2. submitted on August 4, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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