Photographer's Note

This image was taken due north of Chimney Rock, near Bayard, NE. The sky was very hazy so I had to work with the coloring of the sky using Paint Shop Pro 5.0.

This rock spire, visible to wagon trains on the Oregon Trail for several days, was a source of amazement to travelers.

Chimney Rock was mentioned more frequently than any other natural feature in the diaries of pioneers as they moved toward a new life in the West.

Tired travelers described it in different ways during the 3 to 4 days that it stood on their horizon. Some pioneers judged the tower to be only 50 ft. high while others marked it as being over 700 ft. (in reality, it's 475 ft.). Many tried to scale it, but were unsuccessful.

Later, it became the setting for pony express, telegraph, and stage stations.

Today, Chimney Rock still inspires and amazes. Its story is thoroughly told through exhibits, a video presentation, and other items of interest at the Visitor Center.

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