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Chimney Rock

Bayard, Nebraska; Morrill County

Rising 470 feet above the North Platte River Valley, Chimney Rock is one of the most celebrated of all natural formations along the overland routes to California, Oregon, and Utah. Chimney Rock served as an early landmark for fur traders, trappers, and mountain men as they made their way from the Rockies to the Missouri River. Later, to settlers and trail workers, the rock spire marked the end of the plains and the beginning of the rugged mountain part of their journey. Studies by historians have shown that between 95 and 97 percent of all the westward migrants who kept journals of their travels made some mention of Chimney Rock, thus making it the most talked about feature along the road.








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