Friday, October 24, 2008

National Land Marks on the Oregon Trail

Just wanted to share pictures of what I've seen on my mini adventure.

Devil's Gate

Devil's Gate is a narrow cut made by the Sweetwater River through a rock formation. Devil's Gate is three hundred seventy feet high and more than a quarter mile long. length. Martin's Cove is about four miles west of Devil's Gate.

Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock rises four hundred and seventy feet above the North Platte River in western Nebraska. The tip of the formation is three hundred and twenty-five feet above the base. To fur traders, mountain men, and the Oregon and Mormon Trail immigrants, Chimney rock marked the end of plains travel and the beginning of the mountains on the overland trails.
Beyond Chimney Rock, the next Oregon-Mormon Trail landmark was Scott's Bluff. The first traders to see it was Robert Stuart and the Astorians in 1812. The bluff was named for Hiram Scott whose body was found near the bluff in 1830. The Oregon Trail picture is taken from the summit of Scott's Bluff.

Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail Landmark

Scott's Bluff

Meadow Muffins

Doesn't that sound good, don't you want to rush to the store and buy some?

If your answer is "Yes"..........please continue reading.

Don't be fooled by the name, it's not what you think it is.

Buffalo chips were as important as any landmark on the Oregon and Mormon pioneer trails. Dried buffalo manure was the only "firewood" for cooking and heat that could be found on the prairie. One of the first tasks when the Oregon and Mormon Trail wagon trains stopped at night was to gather armfuls, or aprons full, of dried buffalo chips. Called "meadow muffins", it took two or three bushels of chips to heat a meal.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey guys,
I've been over through that area of Nebraska, it's great. You should drive up to see the badlands while you're there.