Scott’s Bluff, Nebraska

Back from another great summer’s stay in Canada. A favorite stop on the drive up was Scott’s Bluff in western Nebraska, a 19th century landmark on the Oregon and Mormon Trails. Between 1841 and 1869 a quarter of a million emgrants of the great western migration passed within sight of these bluffs.

Phoebe G. Judson wrote in 1853:
“The landmarks indicated our progress and helped to break the monotony. Like the milestones along the journey of life, there was one less to pass.”

Richard F. Burton, a British traveler and author wrote this of Scott’s Bluff on August 13, 1860:
“The sharp, sudden torrents which pour from the heights on both sides, and the draughty winds — Scotts Bluffs are the permanent headquarters of hurricanes — have cut up the ground into a labyrinth of jagged gulches steeply walled in. We dashed down the drains and pitch-holes with a violence which shook the navebands from our sturdy wheels.”

And Private Cornelius Conway had this to say of Scott’s Bluff, in 1857:
“Between Ft. Kearney and Laramie, the magnificent scenery is unsurpassed, probably unequalled in the world. From what is called Courthouse Rock by Chimney Rock, onto Scott’s Bluff there is an opacity in the mountains at once grand and sublime.”

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