Chimney Rock was another very significant landmark on the Oregon and Pony Express trails.
Nearing Chimney Rock and after reading so much about it in literature on the pioneer trails, it was exciting to actually see it growing larger on the horizon.. ....
We reach Chimney Rock!..
Photo taken by Jeff and Jacky from Minnesota, who also kindly ran me back to fetch the jacket I had left at my picnic stop down the road. Thought it was about time I forgot something again. Apparently the pinnacle used to be taller but the height has been reduced over the years by erosion and lightning. Chimney Rock Pony Express station was located somewhere between the rock and the Platte river, but the exact location is not certain.The long straight road to Melbeta..
Friday May 13th It was a fairly short but cold ride the following day to Scotts Bluff, and thankfully no mishaps in spite of the inauspicious day. The site of Ficklin's Springs station just outside Melbeta. ..
..which was specifically built for the Pony Express and named after route superintendent Benjamin Ficklin, later serving as a telegraph station.A mysterious abandoned car coming into Gering. Looks like it has been here a while...
Legacy of the Plains museum. in Gering and the horses had a huge fenced in area which they shared with a couple of rows of ancient agricultural machines..
The museum has been created fairly recently through the merger of the Farm and Ranch museum and the North Platte Valley museum which were located in the adjacent towns of Scottsbluff and Gering. Here is the efficient museum director Sandra Reddish who has been working hard to implement the merger.