Near Broadwater in Morrill County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Indian Lookout Point
Thirty-one miles west of Ash Hollow a line of bluffs called Cobble Hills began to transform the landscape from sand to gravely limestone. At these bluffs on May 22, 1847, Orrin Porter Rockwell, a guide with the vanguard Mormon Pioneer Company, returned to camp stating he “…had been on the high bluff about a mile northwest and has seen a rock called Chimney Rock.”
William Clayton was concerned about the correctness of the distance on the Fremont-Pruess map that they were using as a guide. After hearing that Rockwell had glimpsed Chimney Rock, Clayton decided to see for himself. Although footsore and weary he took his telescope and climbed to the top of the highest bluff to see the famous landmark. He ascertained that at a distance of 20 miles he could see Chimney Rock very plainly with the naked eye. His journal entry states that while he was
Side bar, lower right:
William Clayton: “Crab Creek, 20 feet wide, very shoal… Two miles further will see some high bluffs on the right. By ascending one of the highest you will see Chimney Rock to the west.”
Thomas Bullock, Saturday, May 22, 1847 - “…About 11:50 o’clock crossed another shallow creek about 25 or 30 feet wide, then traveled within a forth of a mile & called this site Crab Creek. Camped near a bold Bluff…”
Howard Eagan, Saturday, May 22, 1847 - “…The stream crossed was named Crab Creek, as some of the brethren has seen a very large crab in it. While we were stopped Brother Clayton went up on the bluffs, which were very high and romantic in their appearance. He said he could see Chimney Rock with the naked eye very plain.”
Thomas Bullock, July 11, 1848 - “Ascended bold Bluff by Crab Creek and sighted Chimney Rock…”
Catharine Wooley, July 12, 1848 - “Passed Cable’s Hill (Cobble Hills). Climbed a bold Bluff with Aunt Minnie to see Chimney Rock… way to then.”
Erected by Mormon Trail Heritage Foundation & National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail series list.
Location. 41° 30.964′ N, 102° 39.128′ W. Marker is near Broadwater, Nebraska, in Morrill County. Marker is on U.S. 26 near Road 151, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Broadwater NE 69125, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mormon Pioneer Trail (approx. 2.1 miles away); Narcissa Whitman (approx. 5 miles away).
Additional keywords. Mormon Trail
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.