Nebraska Western Historical Tour

  • Start: Ogallala, NE
  • End: Gering, NE
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:38
  • Total Mileage: 271 Miles
  • Number of stops: 13


A large fraction of the Oregon Trail, a route used by settlers in the 19th century in search of new land, is in Nebraska. Along this tour, you must visit the Chimney Rock National Historic Site in Bayard. Chimney Rock is a 500-foot-tall spire that marked the end of the American Great Plains and the beginning of the Rocky Mountains for settlers. You may choose to picnic near this great American landmark or stop by the visitor center for a copy of Captain John C. Fremont's map from his 1842 trip. For more history of the Oregon Trail, travel northwest to Gering to visit Scotts Bluff National Monument. This landmark towers 800 feet above the North Platte River and served as a marker for those traveling along the Oregon, California, and Pony Express Trails. Traces of the road used by wagons heading westbound are still noticeable.

Stop #1:

Cowboy Museum
Ogallala, NE

Stop #2:

Front Street: Crystal Palace Saloon
Ogallala, NE

Stop #3:

Petrified Wood Gallery
Ogallala, NE

Stop #5:

Ash Hollow State Historical Park
Lewellen, NE

Stop #6:

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Nebraska, United States of America

Stop #7:

Bridgeport State Recreational Area
Bridgeport, NE

Stop #9:

Scotts Bluff National Monument
Gering, NE

Stop #10:

Wildlife World
Gering, NE

Stop #11:

North Platte Valley Museum
Gering, NE

Stop #12:

Banner County Museum
Harrisburg, NE

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