Near Lisco in Morrill County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Protestant “Oregon Mission” was composed of Dr. Marcus Whitman, Rev. Henry Spalding, their new brides, and William Gray. They traveled from New York to Otoe Indian Agency (Bellevue, Nebraska), then joined an American Fur Company caravan led by Thomas Fitzpatrick. From the Green River rendezvous they journeyed westward with traders of the Hudson’s Bay Company. In November, 1847, Narcissa, her husband, and eleven others, were massacred by Cayuse Indians at their Walla Walla mission, now a National Historic Site.
The missionaries passed this point in June 1836. In May, 1847 the Mormon Pioneers passed here en route from Winter Quarters (present North Omaha) to Salt Lake Valley, calling these formations “Ancient Bluff Ruins.” Beginning with the California Gold Rush in 1849 this “Mormon Pioneer Trail” became “the Council Bluffs Road”
Erected by Oregon-California Trails Association and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 296.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian • Women. In addition, it is included in the California Trail, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, and the Nebraska State Historical Society series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1847.
Location. 41° 33.408′ N, 102° 43.848′ W. Marker is near Lisco, Nebraska, in Morrill County. Marker is on U.S. 26, 7 miles west of Lisco. The road is straight and wide open. Keep you eye out for the pull off on the north side of the road. There are no buildings, bluffs, roads or other objects to serve as a guide. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lisco NE 69148, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Imaginary Characters…. (approx. 5 miles away); The Mormon Pioneer Trail (approx. 7 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 4,811 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on January 15, 2011, by James R. Kuntz of Warrenton, Missouri. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.