Oregon Trail - Highway 6, west of Hastings, NE
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Snowdog
N 40° 34.090 W 098° 33.557
14T E 537305 N 4490914
One of two historical markers on the north side of Highway 6 west of Hastings, Nebraska.
Waymark Code: WM10YFZ
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 07/12/2019
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Two historical markers are found on a large pull-out on the north side of Highway 6 west of Hastings, Nebraska. The text of the east marker is



The most traveled of the overland routes passed this point on its way to the great Platte valley, highway to the west. The Oregon Trail started from Independence, followed the Kansas River west, and then the Little Blue north into Nebraska. It crossed this divide to reach the Platte near Fort Kearny.

In the 1830's trappers and missionaries recognized the Platte valley as a natural roadway. The first wagon train followed the 2,000-mile trail to Oregon in 1841.

An estimated quarter of a million travelers used this route in the twenty-five years after those first wagons. Moving slowly, only 10 to 20 miles a day on the three-month trip, thousands of hooves, shoes, and wheels pounded a wide trail into the prairie sod.

Oregon was an early goal. The '49'ers went this way to California. Settlers, stage coaches, freighting wagons, Pony Express riders, and military expeditions all used this prairie highway.

With completion of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1869, this route fell into disuse, but the Oregon Trail had earned a permanent place in our history.

Historical Land Mark Council

The smaller marker to the west commemorates the Pony Express.
Marker Name: The Oregon Trail

City: no

Roadside: yes

Other: no

Web Address if available:: Not listed

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