Wednesday, July 29

Roadschool Trip to Chimney Rock + Oregon Trail

While studying Westward Expansion with our The Good & the Beautiful History, we took a road trip north through the plains states.  Our trip through Nebraska took us right by Chimney Rock.....the same one that we used to stop off at when playing Oregon Trail on the old Apple II-E...  

There's a little bit to see in this area, including a small museum, where photography is not allowed, that talks about the Oregon Trail and hosts some of the travelers' stories.  Out back, you can hike a small section of the trail itself.

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We stopped at the Chimney Rock Cemetery...where many loved ones were lain to rest during the trek Westward.  The cemetery wasn't as full as we'd predicted, but there was probably hundreds of settlers lain to rest beside the trail in unmarked graves.

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