Gering in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Emigrants reached Scotts Bluﬀ after a long journey across the plains
Scotts Bluff, the dramatic series of clay and sandstone highlands surrounding you, is known chiefly as a landmark on the old Oregon Trail. Emigrants heading west encountered the bluffs after a six to eight-week trek across the monotonously flat grasslands.
Through the 1840's, deep ravines near here forced early wagon trains to bypass this area. But in 1851 a wagon route was opened, and for more than a decade the Oregon Trail pioneers drove their teams and wagons through Mitchell Pass in front of you.
This path leads to traces of the old Oregon Trail. Take a 15-minute walk through Mitchell Pass and follow in the tracks of pioneers, gold seekers, freighters, cavalry troops, soldiers, and Pony Express riders.
Scotts Bluff made a lasting impression on thousands of overland travelers in the 1840ís and 50ís. Emigrants on the Oregon Trail approached the bluffs on this side of the North Platte River, while those on the Moron Trail viewed the bluffs from the opposite bank. The Forty-niners of the California Gold Rush also passed this way, but branched off west of the Rockies onto the California Trail.
Emigrants bound for Oregon or California loaded possessions and provisions into small, canvas-covered wagons. Two to four yoke of oxen pulled the wagons, while the family walked alongside.
The replica wagons on display here seasonally are typical of those used on the Oregon Trail.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 49.716′ N, 103° 42.492′ W. Marker is in Gering, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker is on Old Oregon Trail, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Scotts Bluff National Monument, at the start of the Mitchell Pass Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Gering NE 69341, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scott's Bluff Pony Express Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Traces of the Trail (about 800 feet away); The Bullwhackers (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Scotts Bluff (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pony Express (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Overland Experience (approx. 0.6 miles away); Remnant Highlands (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gering.
More about this marker. A map in the center of the marker shows the routes of the Oregon, California and Mormon trails from
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