Historical markers along the byway highlight the fascinating and sometimes tragic stories of significant historical events.  

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California Hill

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After fording the South Platte the emigrants face a steep climb up a large hill that became known as California Hill. During their passage, the wheels of thousands of wagons left deep ruts that can still be seen today.

Boot Hill

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Cowboys who met an unfortunate fate were buried here with their boots on. A brochure available at the base of the cemetery will give you a self guided tour of the individuals buried and their stories.

John Hollman
Grave

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Only seven identifiable graves remain of an estimated at least 20,000 persons died on the overland trail. This averages ten graves per mile over the 2,000 mile trail. 

Narcissa Whitman

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Narcissa Whitman, trail-blazer and martyred missionary, is one of the great heroines of the frontier West.

Mud Springs
Pony Express Station

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The spring at this site represented the first significant opportunity for obtaining water in a 24-mile stretch of barren overland trail. In 1860, the Pony Express  established this station.

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Fort Mitchell
Pony Express Station

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Located near Scotts Bluff National Monument, Fort Mitchell was named in honor of General Robert B. Mitchell and was established to protect emigrants on the Oregon Trail.

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Cowboy Capital 

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Leaving the South Platte near here, the trail continued up the North Platte Valley, today the route of U.S. 26. Beginning in 1841, an estimated quarter of a million travelers crossed the plains on this route.

Tri-Trails Park

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Tri-Trails Park is located at the geographic crossing of three major historic trails that passed through Keith County, Nebraska during the 1800s: the Oregon Trail, Pony Express Trail and the Great Western Cattle Trail.

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Frogs Head 
Bluff

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Pioneer travelers who were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could see imaginary characters in the topographical features. One of these was the image of a frog in a rock outcropping. 

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Amanda
Lamme

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On June 23, 1850, twenty-eight-year-old Amanda Lamme, a California-bound emigrant, died of cholera and was buried near here in what is now private pastureland. 

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Ficklin Springs
Pony Express Station

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About a mile west of Melbeta, an unnamed pony station was later named Ficklin’s Springs, for Benjamin F. Ficklin, superintendent of the entire Pony Express route.

Horse Creek
Pony Express
Station

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The Horse Creek Station site is most likely located on the west bank of Horse Creek, about two miles northeast of Lyman, in Scotts Bluff County. The station served as a stop for the Pony Express. 

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Rebecca Winters
Grave 

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Rebecca Winters, a Mormon Pioneer died of Cholera and was buried here near present day Scottsbluff. 

Courthouse &
Jail Rocks

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Courthouse and Jail Rocks are two of the most famous landmarks of western migration. Nearby passed the Oregon-California Trail, the Mormon Trail and the Pony Express Route.