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By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
Eroding Landmark Marker
Nebraska (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
Nebraska (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
Nebraska (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 m87242) HM
Nebraska (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
Nebraska (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 m87300) HM
Nebraska (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 m87306) HM
Nebraska (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
Nebraska (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

Nebraska (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
Nebraska (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 . . . — Map (db m99184) HM

Nebraska (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
Nebraska (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 m87241) HM
Nebraska (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 m87303) HM
Nebraska (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
Nebraska (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 m87290) HM
Nebraska (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 m87294) HM
Nebraska (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
Nebraska (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
Nebraska (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 m87286) HM

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