Chimney Rock, Part of the Oregon Trail in Nebraska
I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and, since money was always an issue with my family, our holidays were almost always spent within the borders of the state. This was not entirely boring, however, since Nebraska has loads to offer in the way of attractions, outdoor activities and breathtaking views.
One trip I was particularly fond of was our trip to the western portion of the state when I was a teenager. The Sandhills, as they are called, are a world away from the flatlands in the east. The view as we came across the interstate to pass Chimney Rock in Bayard, Nebraska, was absolutely stunning and left me with my mouth hanging open for several minutes.
I recovered, fortunately, and we were able to stop for a while and take in the beauty of the natural wonder and historical landmark. Chimney Rock was a frequent stop-over point for settlers moving westward on the Oregon Trail in the 1800's. If you trek up to the base of the rock, that spires up exactly like a chimney from the fairly flat terrain surrounding it, you will notice something unusual.
Over one hundred years ago, visitors to the rock inscribed their names or other totems to commemorate their stop or just make their mark. Chimney Rock is not only a natural wonder, but a historically significant landmark for visitors seeking to experience some of the history of the old west.
I know I'll never forget the first moment my eyes discovered the wondrous towering rock of western Nebraska. For more info, visit www.nebraskabeautiful.com/western-nebraska-tourism/chimney-rock-national-historic-site-bayard-nebraska.html