A stop fo a natural landmark

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Somewhere east of Cheyenne, near a rest stop was this sculpture of the "End of the Trail"

Our second stop of the day today was a slight side trip off the straight path towards North Platte, Nebraska to visit Chimney Rock.  It’s located a ways north of Interstate 80 near a very small town named Bayard.  During  the middle 19th century 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.  

It came into view from 11 miles away and our first picture was taken at over 7 miles away.  We spent a little while in the Visitor Center and museum, and took several pictures. 

This pillar consists primarily of Brule clay interlayered with volcanic ash and Arikaree sandstone. The harder sandstone layers near the top have protected the pillar but lightning strikes and erosion have shortened its height from when it was first discovered back in the 1800s. Now standing at just less than 300 feet in height it was featured on Nebraska’s state quarter which was released in 2006. 

Chimney Rock was been designated a National Historic Site on August 9, 1956 and is today administered as an affiliated area by the National Park Service in cooperation with the Nebraska State Historical Society.

A closer shot of "End of the Trail"
Chimney Rock and Independence Rock further west are probably the most famous features along the Oregon Trail.

There is a small Visitor’s Center, Gift Shop and museum at the site and the entry fee was quite reasonable, $2 if my memory serves me right. 

Our second stop of the day today was a slight side trip off the straight path towards North Platte, Nebraska to visit Chimney Rock.  It’s located a ways north of Interstate 80 near a very small town named Bayard.  During  the middle 19th century 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.  

It came into view from 11 miles away and our first picture was taken at over 7 miles away.

Nebraska's welcome sign.
  We spent a little while in the Visitor Center and museum, and took several pictures. 

This pillar consists primarily of Brule clay interlayered with volcanic ash and Arikaree sandstone. The harder sandstone layers near the top have protected the pillar but lightning strikes and erosion have shortened its height from when it was first discovered back in the 1800s. Now standing at just less than 300 feet in height it was featured on Nebraska’s state quarter which was released in 2006. 

Chimney Rock was been designated a National Historic Site on August 9, 1956 and is today administered as an affiliated area by the National Park Service in cooperation with the Nebraska State Historical Society. Chimney Rock and Independence Rock further west are probably the most famous features along the Oregon Trail.

There is a small Visitor’s Center, Gift Shop and museum at the site and the entry fee was quite reasonable, $2 if my memory serves me right.

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Somewhere east of Cheyenne, near a…
Somewhere east of Cheyenne, near …
A closer shot of End of the Trail
A closer shot of "End of the Trail"
Nebraskas welcome sign.
Nebraska's welcome sign.
Some of the scenic landscape of no…
Some of the scenic landscape of n…
Some of the scenic landscape of no…
Some of the scenic landscape of n…
Some of the scenic landscape of no…
Some of the scenic landscape of n…
Some of the scenic landscape of no…
Some of the scenic landscape of n…
Some of the scenic landscape of no…
Some of the scenic landscape of n…
Some of the scenic landscape of no…
Some of the scenic landscape of n…
Can you see Chimney Rock way off i…
Can you see Chimney Rock way off …
Getting much closer
Getting much closer
Closer yet
Closer yet
The entry sign at the Visitors Cen…
The entry sign at the Visitors Ce…
A picture that someone took a nigh…
A picture that someone took a nig…
A miniature in the museum
A miniature in the museum
Another photo taken during a storm.
Another photo taken during a storm.
Historic Marker
Historic Marker
Outside of the Visitors Center
Outside of the Visitors Center
Zoomed in
Zoomed in
A sign posted outside near the Vis…
A sign posted outside near the Vi…
Historic Marker nearby.
Historic Marker nearby.
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