National Geographic : 1958 May
Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebr., where covered wagons halted on the Oregon Trail. Come stand in history's wagon tracks They're really here at Scotts Bluff, deeply rutted into the red clay of the Oregon Trail, little changed since the wheels of the covered wagons cut them a hundred years ago. Here, at this welcome landmark, the pioneers rested, fixed the wagons and saw to the seed-corn... for ahead lay the challenging Rockies and the scalp-lifting Indians who threatened the way to the fertile Northwest. There's enough pioneer history at Scotts Bluff to keep a small boy wide-eyed for days. This was Indian country ... the warpath of the Sioux, Arapahoe and Cheyenne. In the frontier museum, you'll see relics of the Trail, vivid dioramas, paintings by a pioneer artist that bring alive the terror of an Indian raid, the whip of a sudden prairie squall, the thundering hooves of the buffalo herd. Not far away is old Fort Laramie where the U. S. Cavalry galloped out to rescue ambushed wagon trains. Scotts Bluff and the wagon tracks have been preserved as reminders of the fearless determination that pushed back our frontiers. It's good to know this courage still pulses strong in the hearts of Americans. FREE TOUR INFORMATION If you would like to visit Scotts Bluff, or drive anywhere in the U.S.A., let us help plan your trip. Write: Tour Bureau, Sinclair Oil Corp., 600 Fifth Avenue, New York 20, N. Y. - Also ask for our colorful National Parks Map. ANOTHER IN SINCLAIR'S AMERICAN CONSERVATION SERIES SINCLAIR SALUTES THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION, an independent organization serv ing as spokesman for 1,587,812 farm families in 48 states, for its farsighted contributions to the conservation of land, water, for ests, minerals and wildlife. By stressing the individual's respon sibility in preserving the nation's heritage, the Federation makes possible the betterment of our natural and human resources and safeguards a basic part of American life.