Scott's Bluff National Monument with Mitchell Pass Photos

Slightly beyond Chimney Rock on the Oregon Trail was Scott's Bluff a major obstacle to westward movement. At this point, wagons which had been spread out into the 20-mile wide Oregon Trail had to come together to file up the Mitchell Pass. In early years about 50,000 people passed this point in one of the earliest mass migrations in history. The pass is now part of a National Monument run by the National Park Service.

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Mitchell Pass which funneled all traffic on Oregon Trail into narrow gap at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Gap between Sentinel & Eagle Rocks at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Eagle Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument which marked first third of Oregon Trail from Missouri River to Oregon or California. WY.Scotts Bluff National Monument National Park Service sign. WY.
Mitchell Pass which funneled all traffic on Oregon Trail into narrow gap at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Gap between Sentinel & Eagle Rocks at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Eagle Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument which marked first third of Oregon Trail from Missouri River to Oregon or California. WY.Scotts Bluff National Monument National Park Service sign. WY.
Landscape of Scotts Bluff, a barrier to wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. WY.South Overlook & Saddle Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Saddle Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.South Bluff of Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Landscape of Scotts Bluff, a barrier to wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. WY.South Overlook & Saddle Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Saddle Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.South Bluff of Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Dome Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Dome Rock & South Bluff over corn at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Long covered wagon at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Covered wagon at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Dome Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Dome Rock & South Bluff over corn at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Long covered wagon at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Covered wagon at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Wagon wheel detail at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Crown Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Original Oregon Trail ruts wind between obstacles at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Landscape at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Wagon wheel detail at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Crown Rock at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Original Oregon Trail ruts wind between obstacles at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Landscape at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Top of Mitchell Pass at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Desert plants at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.View westward from summit of at Mitchell Pass Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Oregon Trail wagon ruts descending from Mitchell Pass of Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Top of Mitchell Pass at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Desert plants at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.View westward from summit of at Mitchell Pass Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Oregon Trail wagon ruts descending from Mitchell Pass of Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Succulents at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Wildflower at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Farm bordering Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Carved name of William Webber of Michigan on May 23, 1852, at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Succulents at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Wildflower at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Farm bordering Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Carved name of William Webber of Michigan on May 23, 1852, at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Title page of Prairie Traveler Hand-Book for Overland Expeditions by Randolph B. Marcy for settlers on Oregon Trail. WY.Model of Mormon Odometer for measuring distance of wagon travel at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Medal commemorating pioneer photographer & artist William Henry Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of fur trading caravan leaving St. Louis in 1830 drawn by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Title page of Prairie Traveler Hand-Book for Overland Expeditions (1859) by Randolph B. Marcy for settlers on Oregon Trail. WY.Model of Mormon Odometer for measuring distance of wagon travel at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Medal commemorating pioneer photographer & artist William Henry Jackson (1845-1942) at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of fur trading caravan leaving St. Louis in 1830 drawn (1930) by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Crossing the South Platte River by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of Chimney Rock by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of wagon train through Mitchell Pass drawn by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of wagon train reaching Fort Laramie by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Crossing the South Platte River (1860s) by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of Chimney Rock by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of wagon train through Mitchell Pass drawn (1937) by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of wagon train reaching Fort Laramie by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Drawing of wagon train rounding Independence Rock drawn by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of wagon train descending into Great Salt Valley Utah by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.
Drawing of wagon train rounding Independence Rock drawn (1938) by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of wagon train descending into Great Salt Valley Utah by W.H. Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.Drawing of pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument. WY.

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