Description - Travel through history along the Western Trails Scenic and Historic Byway. Drawn by the forgiving terrain and fertile land along the Platte River, tens of thousands of this nation's pioneers traveled through this valley on their way west. The Oregon and Mormon trails, Pony Express, stagecoaches and steam locomotives, outlaws and immigrants, they all followed this route making it the Main Street of America. The trail begins in Ogallala, once known as the Gomorrah of the Plains, a rowdy city where cattle drives ended and "cuttin' loose" began. Some of the most colorful characters in western history passed through Ogallala, and many never left. You can visit some of these 'cowboys' at the Boot Hill Cowboy Cemetery. Some even earlier settlers are buried along this route at the Ash Hollow State Historical Park a few miles down the road. Home to the remains of prehistoric rhinoceros, mammoths, and mastodons, and other ancient mammals that once roamed the Great Plains, Ash Hollow also shows the signs of the more recent passing of immigrants whose wagon wheel ruts are still etched in the plains. Losing track of time is easy to do among the history of the Western Trails Byway, but for some Chimney Rock marked the end of travelling over the plains and the beginning of the Rockies. "Towering to the Heavens," as one early pioneer described it, Chimney Rock was the most recognized road sign along the trail west and one you are easily going to miss. Another road sign along the trail west is Scott's Bluff. Rising 800 feet above the valley floor, Scott's Bluff is named for a fur trapper who died there in 1828 and is the site of many impressive geologic formations. These sights were forever etched into the minds of the people who traveled them so many years ago, and after travelling in their footsteps along the Western Trails Scenic and Historic Byway, you will find them forever within you as well.
- The Western Trails Scenic and Historic Byway is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.
Directions from : Located along U.S. Highway 26 and State Highway 92, the Western Trails Scenic and Historic Byway travels from Ogallala west through Scottsbluff-Gering to the Wyoming border.