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By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
Ash Hollow Marker
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — 15 — Ash Hollow
Ash Hollow was famous on the Oregon Trail. A branch of the trail ran northwestward from the Lower California Crossing of the South Platte River a few miles west of Brule, and descended here into the North Platte Valley. The hollow, named for a . . . — Map (db m2503) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — 160 — Ash Hollow Geology
Ash Hollow is a focal point for understanding the geologic history of the Central Great Plains prior to the onset of the Great Ice Age. It is the type locality of the Ash Hollow Formation, named by Henry Engelmann after a visit in 1858–1859. . . . — Map (db m2505) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — Descent of Windlass Hill
Here, covered-wagon travelers faced the most difficult terrain since their departure from Missouri. One man said: “I cannot say at what angle we descend, but it is so great that some go so far as to say ‘the road hangs a little past the . . . — Map (db m87335) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — Oregon Trail
Marked by the State of Nebraska 1912 Windlass Hill entrance to Ash Hollow — Map (db m86674) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — Oregon Trail
Marked by the State of Nebraska 1912 Trail 30 feet east — Map (db m86675) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — Rough Going
The Way West -- The Oregon Trail For the wagon-traveler, the road from Independence, Missouri, to the Far West was “2,000 miles, one step at a time.” Wagon Brakes The most common wagon brake was the rough-lock. It slowed the . . . — Map (db m87757) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — School District 55
Residents of the district built this stone schoolhouse in the summer of 1903. Rock quarried from the nearby hillsides was hauled in and laid in lime and sand mortar. A nearby rancher donated the quarried lintels above the doors and windows. This . . . — Map (db m87322) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — 403 — The Battle of Blue WaterNebraska Historical Marker
On September 3, 1855, the U.S. Army’s 600-man Sioux Expedition, commanded by Col William S. Harney, attacked and destroyed a Lakota village located three miles north on Blue Creek. The fight became known as the Battle of Blue Water, sometimes the . . . — Map (db m51218) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — The Oregon Trail
      Travelers reached this point over the trail you see stretching out across the prairie to the southeast. They left the last real settlement at Westport Landing or at Independence, some 600 miles from here. Most of them took about 40 days to . . . — Map (db m87332) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — Trading Post
      In 1854, the Federal Government hired contractors to carry the mail over the old trail to Salt Lake City and onto California. They built a mail station at Ash Hollow.       Most of these mail stations became trading posts, carrying a small . . . — Map (db m87326) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — Wagon Ruts
      This ravine started as a set of wagon ruts cut through the grass and soil by heavy iron-shod wheels. It is but one example of the long interaction between man and the environment in this region.       This walk to the top of the hill has . . . — Map (db m87337) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — Wagons in the West
Under a picture of a large covered wagon: The Conestoga was a heavy freight wagon. Very few passed over the Oregon Trail because of the rough terrain. Under a picture of a travelers in a Prairie Schooner: Thousands of . . . — Map (db m87760) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lewellen — 130 — Windlass Hill Pioneer Homestead
The stones surrounding this marker are the remains of the homestead dwelling of Reverend Dennis B. Clary, a pioneer Methodist Minister, who received final patent for his homestead Mar 22, 1899. Mr. Clary was born September 1st 1822, in Maryland and . . . — Map (db m2501) HM
Nebraska (Garden County), Lisco — The Mormon Pioneer Trail
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 m3705) HM

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