June 13, 2006 - Scotts Bluff, Nebraska

The next morning I drove out to Scotts Bluff National Monument.  I think that is Dome Rock off to my left.
Approaching Mitchell's Pass, where the Trail went through.  Scotts Bluff is to the right of Mitchell Pass.
They have a nice Visitor's Center when you can watch a short movie and walk through the small museum.  I really enjoyed looking at a collection of images by William Henry Jackson, who was an artist/photographer in the late 1800s and captured what the Oregon Trail experience looked like. 
Looking west through Mitchell's Pass.
The Center runs a shuttle up to the top of Scotts Bluff, from where you can get a great view in any direction.  But not as it is from the Citabria!
Looking south.  The Visitor's Center is down below.
Looking west.  The trail runs from left to right where it rejoins the N. Platte River.
Looking north.  You can see the badlands between the river and Scotts Bluff.  They are the reason the trail goes through Mitchell Pass. 
You can walk along the trail through Mitchell Pass.  That wagon behind me is the real thing. 
Not very big.  The immigrants didn't ride in the wagons usually; instead, they walked. 
 
 
The asphalt ended after awhile.  This is the actual path the trail followed.
The big rock to the north is Eagle Rock. 
I think this is Sentinel Rock.
Looking south.  The trail came through that ravine just left of center. 
The trail emerged from Mitchell's Pass and headed northwest to the river.
After leaving Scotts Bluff , I saw a sign for the Wyo-braska Museum of Natural History.  It was nearby so I stopped in.  Located in a restored railroad depot, they had over 650 animals posed in dioramas.  They were pretty realistic looking. 
 
 
 
Their star attraction was the Blauchiterium, a replica of the largest mammal ever.  Apparently the Blauchiterium was a very large, hornless rhinoceros that lived 20-30 million years ago in Asia. This is the only authentic replica of its kind standing 19 ft tall and 30 ft long. 
Yeah, that's big.
 
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