Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard

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Chimney Rock is a prominent geological rock formation in Morrill County in western Nebraska. Rising nearly 300 feet (91 m) above the surrounding North Platte River valley, the peak of Chimney Rock is 4,228 feet (1,289 m) above sea level. The formation served as a landmark along the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Mormon Trail during the mid-19th century. The trails ran along the north side of the rock, which remains a visible landmark for modern travelers along U.S. Route 26 and Nebraska Highway 92. Chimney Rock National Historic Site was designated in 1956 and is an affiliated area of the National Park Service, operated by History Nebraska.
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  • A landmark for pioneers on their way to the American West. The spire has lost about 30 feet in the past 150 years, including five feet from a lightning strike in 1992. The rock is composed of layers....  more
    A landmark for pioneers on their way to the American West. The spire has lost about 30 feet in the past 150 years, including five feet from a lightning strike in 1992. The rock is composed of layers....  more »
  • Very interesting natural formation to view. The visitor center was closed when we visited, but you can still see Chimney Rock from the parking area. 
    Very interesting natural formation to view. The visitor center was closed when we visited, but you can still see Chimney Rock from the parking area.  more »
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  • Must have been an awesome sight for pioneers back in the mid 1800's. Still an awesome sight and inspiration to see today... the museum is an added plus.
  • We did plan on stopping at Chimney Rock. We were headed for Montana. We saw the sign stopped just to stretch our legs. Stayed longer than we planned and will return to spend more time. Very nice Museum!

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