Chimney Rock was the most noted landmark along the Oregon Trail.
Chimney Rock Guided Pioneers Moving West
Visible to wagon trains from several days away, Chimney Rock’s 120-foot spire was unlike anything Oregon Trail pioneers had ever seen. The landmark’s story is told at the Ethel and Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center at Chimney Rock National Historic Site. It is 1 1/2 miles south of Highway 92 near Bayard. (308) 586-2581.
The Bayard Depot Museum is housed in a refurbished railroad depot at the south end of downtown. The museum is open 12 p.m.-4 p.m. daily during the summer and at other times by appointment. (308) 586-2297.
Chimney Rock Pioneer Crossing offers a gift shop, snacks, a stocked fishing hole, teepee sleeping, RV parking and camper hookups. The nine-hole Chimney Rock Golf Course is north of town. Wagon ruts and the remains of original sod houses are visible at the Chimney Rock Pony Express Station. The site is on private land two miles south of town. Call for directions. (308) 586-1850.
For more information, contact Bayard Area Development. (308) 586-1234. or visit www.cityofbayard.net.
Listen and Discover more about Chimney Rock
Find out about the history and significance of iconic Chimney Rock in western Nebraska. Listen to NPR’s Tom Wilmer as he shares segments of his show “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer," in cooperation with Nebraska Tourism Commission and Geiger and Associates.