Rising 470 feet above the North Platte River Vally, Chimney Rock stands to the south as the most celebrated of all natural formations along the overland routes to California, Oregon, and Utah. Chimney Rock served as an early landmark for fur . . . — — Map (db m223464) HM
The property upon which this visitor center sits was donated by Gordon and Patty Howard
In Memory of Roszel F. (Frank) Durnal and Mary B. Durnal and their descendants, who gave Chimney Rock to the Nebraska State Historical Society in 1939 . . . — — Map (db m169810) HM
Seal of the National Pony Express Centennial Association
Chimney Rock Station on the route of the Pony Express, was located near here between Chimney Rock and the North Platte River. This was an important Pony Express stop between . . . — — Map (db m79423) HM
Member Mormon Martin Handcart Company Mary Murray Murdoch “Wee Granny” Born Scotland Oct. 13, 1782 Died near Chimney Rock, Neb. Oct. 2, 1856 “Tell John I died with my face toward Zion.” Dedicated by the Murdoch Family . . . — — Map (db m87318) HM
“Once in the sun-fierce badlands of the west in that strange country of volcanic ash and cones, . . . we found a sabertooth, most ancient cat, far down in all those cellars of dead time.”From The Innocent Assassins by . . . — — Map (db m89174) HM
Fleeing heated religious and political hostility and persecution, many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (widely known as Mormons) abruptly fled their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois in February 1846. Unprepared for the cold of . . . — — Map (db m195175) HM
On June 23, 1850, twenty-eight-year-old Amanda Lamme, a California-bound emigrant, died of cholera and was buried near here in what is now private pastureland. She was the wife of M.J. Lamme of Boone County, Missouri, and mother of three . . . — — Map (db m223465) HM
Bridgeport, founded in 1900 as a station by the Burlington Railroad, celebrated its centennial in 2000. The town is located on or near many historic trails of the West, including the Oregon, California Mormon, Pony Express, and Sidney-Black Hills . . . — — Map (db m79389) HM
Just north of here the Camp Clarke bridge crossed the North Platte River. The bridge was built in the spring of 1876 by entrepreneur Henry T. Clarke to improve the trail from the Union Pacific Railroad at Sidney, Nebraska, to the gold mining towns . . . — — Map (db m79422) HM
Courthouse and Jail Rocks are two of the most famous landmarks of western migration. Nearby passed the Oregon-California Trail, the Mormon Trail, the Pony Express Trail, and the Sidney-Deadwood Trail. The rocks were vanguards of unforgettable scenic . . . — — Map (db m79391) HM
Old Oregon Trail, 1750 feet south, 1850-1869.
The Old Pony Express Route 6 mi south, 1860-1861.
The First Transcontinental Telegraph Line
passed 6 miles south, 1861-1870.
Old Deadwood Trail, 4 mi. west, 1874-1886.
Old Mormon Road, 1 mi. . . . — — Map (db m182056) HM
Court House Rock was first noticed by explorer Robert Stuart in 1812 and quickly became one of the guiding landmarks for fur traders and emigrants traveling to the California, Oregon and Utah Territories. It is a massive monolith of Brule Clay and . . . — — Map (db m79388) HM
Brigham Young and his company of Mormon Pioneers camped about 1,000 feet west of this point May 24, 1847. They were enroute from Nauvoo, Illinois and Winter Quarters, Nebraska to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, which they reached July 24, 1847. . . . — — Map (db m79387) HM
Mud Springs, so-named for its seeps of water, was an oasis on the dry plateau between Lodgepole Creek and the North Platte River. Overland travelers began using the springs in the late 1850s when a cutoff was laid out from Old Julesburg to . . . — — Map (db m223466) HM
A station on the Pony Express Route, 1860 - 1861. A station on the First Transcontinental Telegraph Line, and on the Overland Stage Route. Battle between Sioux Indians and U.S. Troops Feb. 6-7, 1865.
This site had been given to the State of . . . — — Map (db m169812) HM
Mormon emigrants traveling west along the north sided of the North Platte River saw many topographical features that were not visible from the south side of the river. These features served as landmarks that guided the Latter-day Saints along their . . . — — Map (db m79386) HM
Narcissa Whitman, trail-blazer and martyred missionary, is one of the great heroines of the frontier West. In 1836 she and Eliza Spalding, following the north side of the Platte on horseback, became the first white women to cross the American . . . — — Map (db m223469) HM