Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska (State #36)

I didn’t spend much time in Nebraska. I didn’t want to drive east because there are two national parks in western South Dakota.

 

I stayed the night in Scottsbluff and took a hike around Scotts Bluff National Monument (site / wiki) the next morning.

 

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Scotts Bluff National Monument.

 

Scotts Bluff served as a landmark for people heading west in covered Wagons. It signaled the end of the first third of the Oregon Trail and the beginning of the Rocky Mountains.

 

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Scotts Bluff.

 

The bluffs were named after a fur trader who became ill and was left to die on the banks of a nearby river.

 

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Area topography. The road through Scotts Bluff follows the original path of the Oregon Trail.

 

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Facing west

 

This road follows the same path as the Oregon Trail.

 

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This pair of clouds stood out to me. The dark cloud against its light background and the light cloud against its dark background.

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