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Historical Markers in Gering, Nebraska

Clickable Map of Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Scotts Bluff County, NE (45) Banner County, NE (0) Box Butte County, NE (3) Morrill County, NE (20) Sioux County, NE (25) Goshen County, WY (69)  ScottsBluffCounty(45) Scotts Bluff County (45)  BannerCounty(0) Banner County (0)  BoxButteCounty(3) Box Butte County (3)  MorrillCounty(20) Morrill County (20)  SiouxCounty(25) Sioux County (25)  GoshenCountyWyoming(69) Goshen County (69)
Gering is the county seat for Scotts Bluff County
Gering is in Scotts Bluff County
      Scotts Bluff County (45)  
      Banner County (0)  
      Box Butte County (3)  
      Morrill County (20)  
      Sioux County (25)  
      Goshen County, Wyoming (69)  
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1Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — A Landmark for the AgesFrom prehistoric times to the present, people have used this geologic edifice as a waypoint. — Scotts Bluff National Monument —
Once thought to the tallest point in the state of Nebraska, Scots Bluff is a striking natural landmark. Rising from the plains, over 800 ft. (244 m) higher than the North Platte River, it has beckoned to hunters, explorers, emigrants, . . . Map (db m169809) HM
2Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — A Landscape Changed ForeverSome called it "The Great American Desert" — Scotts Bluff National Monument, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Unlike the Native Americans, many 19th century European-Americans did not see the abundance and beauty of the prairie. At first it was just a barrier between them and their goals further west. Oregon had the fertile Willamette Valley, California . . . Map (db m164140) HM
3Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — A Sea of Grass — Scotts Bluff National Monument —
Pioneers saw the Great Plains as an endless and monotonous "Sea of Grass," but it was much more. It was a land inhabited by nomadic people who followed the immense herds of bison. These Native American tribes knew and understood the prairie, its . . . Map (db m191415) HM
4Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — A Transportation CorridorTraffic moved both east and west along the trails.
Most history books focus on the westbound travel along the trails, but what about eastward movement? The first European-Americans to record seeing the bluffs were eastbound fur traders returning from the west coast. After that, fur traders . . . Map (db m174344) HM
5Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Assistance on the TrailSoldiers were not always available to help travelers.
While emigrants were mostly self-sufficient, there were times when they needed extra help. Since there were few forts in the early years, aid often came from the feared "savages.” Instead of attacking the wagon trains as the eastern . . . Map (db m174496) HM
6Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Before the WagonsThe bluffs as a landmark and lookout — Scotts Bluff National Monument, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
It was a treeless expanse. Floods and lightning caused grass fires killed seedlings that tried to grow on the prairie around the bluffs, perfect grazing for the bison and elk that lived here. Only on top of the bluffs were trees able to grow. To . . . Map (db m164136) HM
7Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — ChoicesWhat route would you take? — Scotts Bluff National Monument —
Wagon trains that arrived at Scotts Bluff had a choice to make. Although they wanted to stay close to the North Platte River, the bluffs were in the way. Traveling through the badlands next to the river was impossible for wagons. Before 1851 the . . . Map (db m174259) HM
8Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Eroding LandmarkLittle by little, Scotts Bluff is eroding away
You are now standing on the summit of Scotts Bluff, but each year a little more of it erodes away. In 1933 the top of the metal survey post in front of you was level with the rock surface. In just a few decades, a considerable volume of sandstone . . . Map (db m87315) HM
9Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Ficklin Springs Pony Express Station
- Site of - Ficklin Springs Pony Express Station and Old Coad Ranch North 20º East 450 feet Map (db m79424) HM
10Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — History Lives on in ArtWilliam Henry Jackson slept here. — Scotts Bluff National Monument —
In 1866 William Henry Jackson traveled the California Trail as a bullwhacker with a freight wagon train. Although he had no prior experience, Jackson quickly learned to yoke and drive the multiple yokes (pairs) of oxen that pulled each wagon. . . . Map (db m174501) HM
11Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Oregon TrailEmigrants 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 . . . Map (db m174254) HM
12Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Oregon Trail Memorial
Honoring these and all the thousands who lie in nameless graves along the trail. Faith and courage such as theirs made America. May ours preserve it.Map (db m78704) HM
13Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Pierre Papin Grave
Pierre Didier Papin P. D. Papin was a trusted and valued employee of the American Fur Company and its successors for over thirty years. He was born March 7, 1798, In St. Louis. The Papins were a prominent French merchant family in that . . . Map (db m133906) HM
14Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Pony ExpressDaring riders sped the mail from Missouri to California in ten days
Go back in time to 1860 or 1861 and picture the traffic on the Oregon Trail – the freight wagons and stagecoaches, and the emigrants, soldiers, and Indians. But most colorful, perhaps, was the Pony Express rider streaking through Scotts . . . Map (db m156142) HM
15Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Portal to the WestA welcome landmark — Scotts Bluff National Monument —
Scotts Bluff was a marvel to many people from the eastern part of the continent. Rising abruptly from the plains, it inspired some to write poetic descriptions in their diaries. It was a relief to people on the westward journey to Oregon and . . . Map (db m174221) HM
16Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Remnant HighlandsThese bluffs are isolated remnants of the ancient high plains
The bluff you are standing on and the ones adjacent to it are known collectively as Scotts Bluff. Like the famous Chimney Rock to the east, Scotts Bluff is an outlier formation of the Wildcat Hills, visible along the horizon to your right. Twenty . . . Map (db m156140) HM
17Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Replica of the Statue of Liberty
With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of these United States The Boy Scouts of America dedicate this replica of the Statue of Liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty 40th Anniversary . . . Map (db m191401) HM
18Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Robedeau Trading Post
Site of Roubedeaux blacksmith shop and trading post on original Oregon Trail. Father DeSmet rested here in 1840 and again in 1851 when he baptized Roubedeaux’s half-breed children. Stansbury, government explorer visited here in 1849 and . . . Map (db m99183) HM
19Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Robidoux Pass
Robidoux Pass was named for Joseph Robidoux III of St. Joseph, Missouri, who established a trading post and blacksmith shop here in 1849, just in time to witness the beginning of the great California gold rush. This pass is an integral part of . . . Map (db m99133) HM
20Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Robidoux Trading Post
In 1849 Joseph Rogidoux III of St. Joseph, Missouri, licensed in the Indian trade, ordered removal of his outfit from the vicinity of Fort Laramie to this strategic pass over Scotts Bluff, where there was ample wood and water. Evidence from several . . . Map (db m99134) HM
21Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Robidoux Trading Post
There is no enduring memory of the history that happened here. There was no one left behind to remember it. From faded pages of tattered diaries or survivors several generations removed, we assign the early dwellers here to their proper place in . . . Map (db m99184) HM
22Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Saddle Rock TrailTry this Cliffside walk for a closer look at Scotts Bluff
The trail on your right gradually descends the steep slopes of Scotts Bluff to Scotts Spring and the Visitor Center. Eroding layers of sandstone, siltstone, and volcanic ash are exposed along the way, and you’ll see some intriguing geologic . . . Map (db m87311) HM
23Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Scotts BluffThe 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 . . . Map (db m156141) HM
24Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Scotts BluffFamous landmark on the Oregon Trail 1840-1860
The sight of Scotts Bluff thrilled emigrants journeying west on the Oregon Trail. After weeks of plodding across the wild and expansive plains, they were confronted by this massive promontory rising some 800 feet above the valley floor. The clay . . . Map (db m174219) HM
25Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Scott's Bluff Pony Express Station
The Pony Express passed here 1860-1861. Scott’s Bluff station was located 2 1/2 miles northwest of Mitchell pass, near the site of the later Fort Mitchell. There were others stations at Courthouse Rock, Chimney Rock, Ficklin’s Springs, and Horse . . . Map (db m79425) HM
26Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — The BullwhackersOx-drawn wagons carried freight here in the 1860’a and 70’s
After the great migrations of settlers and goldseekers passed here in the 1840’s and 50’s, 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 . . . Map (db m174498) HM
27Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — The Many Faces of the TrailThe bluffs have witnessed a wide variety of travelers. — Scotts Bluff National Monument, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The river is life. Animals made their paths along it and leading to and from it. Humans followed next; the first traveled lightly, leaving little trace of their passing. Occasionally they would climb the tall bluffs where the height allowed . . . Map (db m164108) HM
28Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — The Overland ExperienceEmigrants reached Scotts Bluff after nearly two months on the plains
To your left, vast flatlands extend eastward – for hundreds of miles. In the mid-1800’s this expansive, semi-arid grassland was known as “The Great American Desert.” For early travelers it was an unfamiliar, often inhospitable . . . Map (db m156143) HM
29Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — The Platte River RoadBoulder Fountain
”For more than a century, the Platte River provided a natural path for pioneers traveling West, a water source for herds of bison and a harvesting region for fur trappers. Even today, the river’s impact is enormous; it is the single largest source . . . Map (db m191406) HM
30Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — The River RouteThe Oregon and Mormon Trails paralleled the North Platte River
In the 1840’s and 50’s, thousands of pioneers followed the shallow Platte and North Platte Rivers across the plains on their way to Oregon and California. Covered wagons passed Scotts Bluff on both sides of the river. Emigrants could not lead . . . Map (db m87308) HM
31Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — The Way WestAfter leaving Scotts Bluff, wagon trains headed toward the mountains
Only a few of the pioneers who reached Scotts Bluff scaled the cliffs to witness this aerial view of the country ahead. The wagons had to keep rolling to reach Oregon or California before cold weather set in. Ft. Mitchell, the next stop on the . . . Map (db m87310) HM
32Nebraska (Scotts Bluff County), Gering — Traces of the TrailThe Oregon Trail passed here in the 1850’s
Out on the prairie, wagons following the Oregon Trail spread out to avoid the dust stirred up by wagons in front. But here at Mitchell Pass the emigrants encountered a difficult bottleneck where wagons had to squeeze through narrow ravines in . . . Map (db m174342) HM
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Aug. 18, 2022