Scottsbluff in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Rebecca Winters, daughter of Gideon Burdick, a drummer boy in Washington’s army, was born in New York State in 1802. She was a pioneer in the Church of Latter Day Saints, being baptized with her husband Hiram in June 1833.
Membership in the Church brought persecution in Ohio, Illinois and Iowa. In June 1852, the family joined others of their faith in the great journey to Utah. It was a pleasant trip across Iowa through June, but in the Platte Valley the dread cholera struck. Rebecca saw many of her friends taken by the illness, and on August 15 she was another of its victim. She was buried on the prairie near here with a simple ceremony.
A close friend of the family, William Reynolds, chiseled the words “Rebecca Winters, age 50” on an iron wagon tire to mark the grave. The family continued on with the wagon train and settled in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Burlington Railroad surveyors found the crude marker and changed the right-of-way to save and protect the grave. In 1902 a monument was erected by Rebecca’s descendants. Rebecca Winters is a symbol of the pioneer mother who endured great hardships in the westward movement.
Scottsbluff Chamber of Commerce Historical Land Mark Council
Erected by Scottsbluff
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 41° 50.592′ N, 103° 37.02′ W. Marker is in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker is at the intersection of S Beltline Hwy E and U.S. 26, on the right when traveling north on S Beltline Hwy E. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scottsbluff NE 69361, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winters (a few steps from this marker); The Road to Zion (a few steps from this marker); A Grand & Splendid Formation (a few steps from this marker); Saddle Rock Trail (approx. 4.2 miles away); Eroding Landmark (approx. 4.2 miles away); The River Route (approx. 4.2 miles away); Scotts Bluff (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Way West (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scottsbluff.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • Women •
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