This update covers our visit to Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center as well as the drive to the summit of Scotts Bluff National Monument. We have been busy beavers trying to see all the attractions in this area. We only reserved five days and wish we had another week. There is a lot to see and do. They also have a huge Oregon Trail Days celebration starting the day after we leave. Our timing was not great for this one, but we have certainly enjoyed our days here, each one has been packed with lots of new things to see.
We started our visit with a twelve minute film telling us all about the history of the area before viewing the awesome museum. I took so many pictures it is going to be hard to decide which ones to share.
I am adding a paste below from their website with all the information about what we saw today. It was awesome and I hope you enjoy all the pictures. Check back later for more from Nebraska. Paste Below:
In 1828, a fur trapper by the name of Hiram Scott was wounded and deserted by his companions. He gained a certain immortality by making his way to a magnificent formation of bluffs along the North Platte River before succumbing to his wounds. It was for Hiram Scott that Scotts Bluff National Monument, Scotts Bluff County, and the city of Scottsbluff have been named. This landmark on the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails is now home to an excellent museum of the trails along with an impressive collection of art from William Henry Jackson.
Did You Know…
The Summit Road in Scotts Bluff National Monument is believed to be the oldest existing concrete road in the State of Nebraska. The road allows visitors to drive to the top of the Bluff through 3 tunnels for a spectacular view of the valley.
William Henry Jackson was an early photographer of the American West, as well as an accomplished artist. He traveled the Oregon-California Trail in 1866 and 1867, and later in life painted a series of watercolors based on his experiences. Scotts Bluff National Monument houses 63 of Jackson’s historic paintings and many are on display in the monument’s museum.
Scotts Bluff National Monument was designated on December 12, 1919
The 1.6 mile Saddle Rock Trail leads hikers from the visitor center to the summit, and the .5 mile Oregon Trail Pathway leads from the visitor center to the remnants of the Oregon Trail.