The Oregon Trail passed through here in the 1850'sYou 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 old wagon trail are still visible.All the bluffs you can see here were known to the pioneers as "Scotts Bluffs." These impressive rocks signaled the completion of the monotonous 600-mile trek across the plains. Weary travelers found spring water and firewood here, and a sheltered place to camp.During the 1840's, steep-walled ravines forced wagon trains to bypass Scotts Bluff. The Oregon Trail veered away from the North Platte River and crossed Roubadeau Pass, 8 miles (13 km) west of here. With engineering assistance from the U.S. Army, the Mitchell Pass route opened in 1851.
|Placed By||National Park Service|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 9:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13T E 608075 N 4632605|
|Decimal Degrees||41.83796667, -103.69833333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 50.278', W 103° 41.9'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 50' 16.68" N, 103° 41' 54" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Unnamed Road, Gering NE 69341, US|
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