Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard

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  • We visited the area at 7:30 in the morning. It was rainy and foggy. We were delighted that we could see the spire rising above the prairie. I took pictures. Within minutes the fog closed in and blocke...  more »
  • Here you can experience the history of settlers of America Hautnah. A wonderful place. St a distinctive rock in Nebraska (USA), which is designated since 1956 as a national historic site. It is located southeast of Scotts Bluff National Monument 25 km in the vicinity of Bayard on the South Bank of the North Platte River. Geologically, it is a witness mountain, which has been preserved in the erosion of a cliff made of sandstone, because he was protected by harder limestone. The rock formation has a height of 99 meters. Between the mid-1840s and the opening of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869 was the Chimney Rock for the settlers who moved west along the North Platte River on the Oregon Trail, California Trail, and Mormon trail, an important orientation point that they had crossed the Prairies and the crossing of the mountains was imminent. Around half a million people pass in that time along the River under the rock. Also the pony express ran on the route to the river. Unfortunately, too many people on these exhausting trips to life have come especially children. As this small cemetery at the foot of the mountain revealed us sad
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  • Although this is a national historic site, it is also a private entity, so they wanted extra money over our parks pass just to go in the visitor center. A big disappointment. You can see the monument ...  more »
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  • This is such a unique shaped rock figure. I can see why the emigrants along the Oregon Trail looked forward to seeing and and checking it out. It doesn't cost much to check out the Visitor's Center and many of its displays, history, and artifacts are interesting. If you want to get a little closer to the rock, there is a road just past it that you can take. WARNING: watch for rattlesnakes any time you are in western Nebraska, especially when hiking! The worker at the Visitor's Center told us that it's not uncommon for her to find 2 or 3 rattlers on the sidewalk near the entrance to the building on a fairly regular basis.
  • My uncle speed George put up lights around chimney rock bye foot before they changed the lights in 2017 so. You can see it in the dark. A fun fact of history
  • We were very disappointed that you can not hike close to the monument. It was a pretty picture. Definitely not worth another trip through rural Nebraska. We did enjoy walking through the cemetery and the "wee granny" grave.
  • It was on our way home so, we stopped for a peak. Definitely go passed the visitor's center and got the road by the cemetery. It's a tad closer than you can get by the visitor's center. Is free to see, and just a few dollars of you partake in the visitor's center. Overall if you're a history buff, it's worth a trip if you're passing by and it's a quick jaunt over to Scott's Bluffs if you're looking for a great view.
  • Just follow the hike trail that goes from graveyard straight to chimney rock about half a mile long and enjoy the scenery

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