Monday, July 27, 2009

California Hill, near Brule Nebraska. It's one of the spots where we walked along the Oregon trail.







In Keith county Nebraska we walked the Oregon Trail for about a mile walking west in the ruts left behind from the prairie schooners. Here is said to be some of the finest ruts left from the wagons from 150 years ago. Many of the trails that were used had been Indian trails previously. There was no wood for fires here and after having crossed the Platte river their tires swelled only to shrink and dry then fall apart in this general area.
It was hot and you had to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes and cattle.


4 comments:

Melody K said...

No kidding, you were in Keith County (a.k.a. God's country)? That's where I grew up; some of my family still ranch there. Did you make it to Lake McConaughy?

belinda said...

Keith county is beautiful. The fields of wheat were being cut and some fields were still waiting to be cut.

In the begining my goal was to put our toes in a glacier at Glacier National Park in Montana. My chauffeur told me that he would take me anywhere that I wanted to go. However the length of time in the car would have made me want to kill myself. The children fought terribly. We settled for the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone park. I will elaborate more throughout the week. We didn't do much other than stop along the Trails, camp and hike.
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Have you seen these trails before?
There were buffalo rubs that had been there forever too. The scarred ground never healed completely.

Melody K said...

I have seen the Oregon Trail ruts, but it has been a lot of years. I think it was a school field trip when I was a kid. I am more familiar with the Mormon trail which passes through our family's land. Though the ruts are barely visible now after years of farming and grazing.

dyana said...

very good photo.....
Good post.....
Great blog.....
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Thanks for sharing.....
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