North Platte in Lincoln County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Sioux Lookout, the highest point in Lincoln County, was a prominent landmark on the overland trails. From its lofty summit the development of the West unfolded before the eyes of the Sioux and other Indians. Trappers and traders came by here in 1813, the first wagon train in 1830, and the first missionary in 1834. In 1836, Narcissa Whitman and Elizabeth Spalding became the first white women to travel the trail. During the Indian War of 1864 – 1865, its prominence gave a clear view of troop and Indian movements below.
Gold seekers en route to California, homesteaders seeking free land in the West and a religious people seeking a haven in Utah – all are a part of the history of this valley. Here echoed the hooves of the Pony Express. From 1840 to 1866 some 2,500,000 people traveled the valley, engraving into the sod a wide, deep trail. Indians called the route “The Great Medicine Road of the Whites.”
In 1869 the transcontinental railroad was completed, ending much of the trail travel. Yet even today, the valley with its ribbons of concrete remains the Great Platte River Road to the West.
Rural Youth of This Area
Historical land Mark Council
Erected by Rural Youth of This Area & Historical land Mark Council.
Location. 41° 8.135′ N, 100° 45.744′ W. Marker is in North Platte, Nebraska, in Lincoln County. Marker is at the intersection of East Third Street and North Dewey Street, on the right when traveling east on East Third Street. Touch for map. Marker is located behind the Sioux Lookout Statue at the northwest corner of the East Third Street and North Dewey Street intersection. The marker is difficult to see from either street because it is almost completely hidden behind the statue. Marker is in this post office area: North Platte NE 69101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 20th Century Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); United States POW-MIA History (approx. 1.9 miles away); Scout's Rest (approx. 2.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is at the southeast corner of the Lincoln County Courthouse block.
Also see . . .
1. Sioux Lookout - North Platte NE.
E. Goeller's Sioux Lookout statue was originally erected on the point of Sioux Lookout (outside of town) as a monument commemorating the Oregon Trail. Decades of vandalism at that secluded spot took its toll. In 2000, Lincoln County Commissioners ordered that the statute be removed, renovated, and replaced behind wrought-iron (Submitted on August 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Sioux Lookout North Platte Nebraska.
Picture video from Sioux Lookout in North Platte Nebraska. (Submitted on August 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Nebraska Outback: A Lincoln Highway Drive.
Around another bend or two in the road and in the distance you can see Sioux Lookout. Named for the assumption that the highest point along the Platte River Valley in this area would be used by Native Americans to spy approaching wagon trains, the hill was once the home of an iconic statue. The statue has been placed on the courthouse square in North Platte as it was nearly destroyed by vandalism while atop the hill. (Submitted on August 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.