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Stop 4 Along the Oregon Trail - Chimney Rock

This page describes the experience of being at Chimney Rock on the Oregon Trail.
Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock, Nebraska

A Beacon of Hope

Chimney Rock, located in the badlands of western Nebraska, is one of the most famous symbols of the old west. The rock itself is a towering geologic formation that looks like a hill that has a chimney. It towers some 300 feet above the North Platte River valley and lies at an elevation of 4,226 feet. Chimney Rock was an important landmark for travelers on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails. Today, it stands forever as a symbol of the great westward migration of the 1800's, as part of Chimney Rock National Historic Site. It is estimated that over 500,000 travelers passed the rock on their way to destinations in the west. Today, Chimney Rock is commemorated forever on the back of the Nebraska state quarter.

Next Stop: Fort Laramie

Oregon Trail Map

Oregon Trail Stops

Platte River
Great Plains
Chimney Rock
Fort Laramie
Soda Springs
Rocky Mountains
Fort Boise
The Dalles
Oregon City


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