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    Chimney Rock, Bayard Nebraska. What a great start to a great trip!

    Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska in western Nebraska includes an important 19th century landmark on the Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail.

    CHIMNEY ROCK - is a prominent geological rock formation in western Nebraska. Rising nearly 300 feet above the surrounding North Platte River valley, the peak of Chimney Rock is 4,226 feet above sea level. It served as a landmark along the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Mormon Trail, which ran along the north side of the rock.

    The Great Platte River Road - regarded as a sort of superhighway of its times and referred to as "the grand corridor of America's westward expansion." It was the convergence point for the Trapper's Trail, the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, the California Trail, the Pony Express route, and the military road from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Laramie across Nebraska.

    City of Rocks was a landmark for emigrants on the California Trail. At the height of emigration, in 1852, some 52,000 people passed through City of Rocks on the way to California goldfields. Today, City of Rocks National Reserve protects over 6 miles of this historic trail.

    Mormon Trail High School, Garden Grove, Iowa

    Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters. ...in Nebraska across the Missouri.

    The #Mormon Trail: Part 2 - Garden Grove, Iowa, to Winter Quarters, #Nebraska ...this was the worse part of the trek west. The Mormon pioneers were not yet fully organized. The trails were also very muddy which made the journey difficult.

    Smith Rocks - Central Oregon

    Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

    The Trails started in different cities, but they all converged in the area of Kearney for a hundred miles or so, along the river near the site of the museum.

    Eye of the Needle, Monument Rocks, near Oakley, Kansas; photo by Doug Hickok

    Dixie National Forest, Utah

    Monument Rocks, Kansas, USA

    Madonna of the Trail, California

    Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station was soon one of Minnesota's best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the lighthouse offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting.

    Nebraska The Oregon Trail -- The starting point for the wagon train company in KEEPER OF MY HEART (The Convenient Bride Collection)

    This Pioneer-Etching of The Oregon Trail hints at the backdrop for Keeper of My Heart, A Convenient Bride Collection. www.monahodgson.c...

    Mormon Cemetery, Garden Grove, Iowa

    Writing Historical Fiction by the Cookbook (blog post). The Oregon Trail Cookbook, a resource for PRAIRIE SONG and KEEPER OF MY HEART (The Convenient Bride Collection).

    RVing = Monument Rocks Kansas