Sutherland in Lincoln County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Crossing the Overland Trail
Beneath this platform, evidence of the great westward migration still remains. These shallow depressions were once deep ruts created by thousands of hooves, shoes and wheels. The Overland Trail is often visualized as a single well-defined roadway. However, except in narrow spots such as this, the actual route through the Platte Valley during any given year varied considerably, depending upon such factors as soil conditions and the availability of grass for the animals. Traveling an average of fifteen to twenty miles a day in various conveyances, the emigrants spent from four to six months on the trail during the long trek from the Missouri River to Oregon or California. At best, the journey was arduous, often marked only by the dusty monotony of daily routine. At other times, disease and Indian attacks were very real dangers, and the number of fresh graves along the road bore testimony to the sacrifices made by many pioneers. Some emigrants were better equipped than others, some were wiser, some were simply luckier; but all suffered weariness, hardship and danger. However, as the many overland diaries and letters testify, this was a great human experience, one which was vital to the settlement of the West.
Erected by Department of Roads – Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 41° 8.285′ N, 101° 5.736′ W. Marker is in Sutherland, Nebraska, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Interstate 80 at milepost 159, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Rest Area at mile marker 159. Marker is in this post office area: Sutherland NE 69165, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Platte River Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Purple Heart Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Great Platte River Road (approx. 0.4 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.