Mountainous Nebraska and the Oregon Trail at Scotts Bluff

It boggles the mind that when Conestoga wagon trains and other westward-bound Oregon Trail travelers reached this point on their 2,000 mile trek, they were only one-third of the way through their journey. It also boggles the mind that hundreds of feet of soaring sandstone and siltstone at Scotts Bluff National Monument is located in Nebraska, a state more commonly thought of as flat, full of cornfields and the home of financial guru Warren Buffett, the “Sage of Omaha.” The slight split you see above the sign is Mitchell Pass, and it wasn’t only used by Oregon Trail pioneers. Plains Indians

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