Gering in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Oregon Trail passed through here in the 1850’s
You are standing on the northern section of Scotts Bluff, looking across to the southern section. On the horizon the Wildcat Hills stretch far to the east (left). Below, the route of the Oregon Trail cuts through Mitchell Pass. A few traces of the old wagon trail are still visible.
All the bluffs you can see here were known to the pioneers as “Scotts Bluffs.” These impressive rocks signaled the completion of the monotonous 600-mile trek across the plains. Weary travelers found spring water and firewood here, and a sheltered place to camp.
During the 1840’s, steep-walled ravines forced wagon trains to bypass Scotts Bluff. The Oregon Trail veered away from the North Platte River and crossed Roubadeau Pass, 8 miles (13 km) west of here. With engineering assistance from the U.S. Army, the Mitchell Pass route opened in 1851.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 50.091′ N, 103° 41.984′ W. Marker is in Gering, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker can be reached from Old Oregon Trail, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Scotts Bluff National Monument, at the end of the South Overlook Trail at the summit of the bluff. Marker is in this post office area: Gering NE 69341, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Pony Express (here, next to this marker); The Overland Experience (here, next to this marker); Remnant Highlands (within shouting distance of this marker); Saddle Rock Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eroding Landmark (approx. ¼ mile away); Scott Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Way West (approx. 0.4 miles away); The River Route (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gering.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a map of the portion of Scotts Bluff that is seen from the marker. It shows the Route of the Oregon Trail and local landmarks, including Mitchell Pass, Dome Rock, Wildcat Hills, Crown Rock, South Bluff, Sentinel Rock, Eagle Rock, Summit Road, Saddle Rock Trail, and the Visitor Center.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.