Gering in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Ox-drawn wagons carried freight here in the 1860ía and 70ís
After the great migrations of settlers and goldseekers passed here in the 1840ís and 50ís, the Oregon Trail remained an important communications and supply route. Wagon trains hauled provisions to Ft. Laramie and other army posts west of here. The heavy wagons were pulled by teams of oxen prodded along by trail-hardened men known as “bullwhackers.”
William Henry Jackson, later a renowned frontier artist and photographer, trudged West as a bullwhacker at the age of 23. Jackson and his bull train camped at this site in 1866 during a six-month journey from Nebraska City to Salt Lake City. From sketches made here, Jackson later produced this painting of Mitchell Pass. Other Jackson paintings of scenes along the Oregon Trail are on display at the Visitor Center.
“Bullwhacking is an art not to be learned in a week or a month . . . Only a cunning hand can make an 18-foot whip crack out like a rifle shot – or cut a notch in a lagging bullís hind quarter.”
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 49.942′ N, 103° 42.735′ W. Marker is in Gering, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker can be reached from Old Oregon Touch for map. Marker is located in Scotts Bluff National Monument, at the end 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. Oregon Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Traces of the Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Scott's Bluff Pony Express Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Scotts Bluff (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pony Express (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Overland Experience (approx. 0.7 miles away); Remnant Highlands (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gering.
More about this marker. A William Henry Jackson painting of Bullwhackers guiding oxen-drawn wagons through Mitchell Pass appears at the center of the marker. The right of the marker contains a Self-portrait of William Henry Jackson with his bull whip.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 16, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.