Emigrant Road - An Oregon Trail Adventure
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Jumping Off
Independence, Missouri to Lake McConaughy, Nebraska

Map Copyright Southwind Productions

Key to listings along the journey roughly east-to-west:

National Park
State Park
State Historical Park
or Site
NM National Monument
National or State
Recreation Area


Point of interest as featured in Emigrant Road

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Point of interest also featured in Emigrant Road

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Point of interest not featured in Emigrant Road
Things to see and do along today's Oregon Trail
Independence Landing, off Wayne City Rd., n of Independence, MO (view of Missouri River where emigrants unloaded from eastern steamships)
Arabia Steamboat Museum, 400 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO (period items recovered from 1850's sternwheeler as preserved in Missouri River mud)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Missouri River Queen cruise, 1 River City Dr, Kansas City, KS (sternwheeler cruises)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions The Scout and Pioneer Mother statue, Penn Valley Park, Kansas City, MO (on top of the hill)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Jim Bridger statue, in tiny Pioneer Park, Westport (blink and you'll miss it, in with several other pioneers)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Jim Bridger grave, Mt. Washington Cemetary, Independence (final resting place for a mountain man)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Brady Cabin, Independence (period homestead, staffed by volunteers)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Courthouse Square, Lexington Ave. & Liberty St., Independence (Start of the Oregon Trail marker, next to Independence Courthouse—see below)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Independence Courthouse, Lexington Ave. & Liberty St., Independence (Jackson County Historical Society, Harry Truman's office)
Harry S. Truman Library, US24 at Delaware St., Independence (presidential library, biographical exhibits, Truman graves)
Harry S. Truman Home, 219 N. Delaware St at Truman Rd., Independence (guided tours)
1827 Log Courthouse, 107 W. Kansas Ave., Independence (historical exhibit)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions National Frontier Trails Center, 318 W Pacific Ave., Independence (National historic trails exhibits, Merrill Mattes research library, and headquarters of OCTA—Oregon California Trails Association)
Minor Park, Red Bridge Rd., Kansas City, MO (swale and Santa Fe Trail monument)


Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Great Heartland Trails Festival, Lenexa, KS, July (craft fair, activities, encampments, re-enactments, wagon rides)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Junction of Oregon & Santa Fe Trails, near Gardner (historical marker)
Oregon Trails Adventure Company, Serenata Farms, Big Springs, 1895 E. 56 Rd, off Hwy 40 (trail rides)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Ward-Meade Park, near Kansas River, Topeka (period buildings)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Kansas Center for Historical Research, 6425 SW 6th, I-70 Exit 356, Topeka (1848 Pottawatomie Mission building, research library)
Konza Prairie, Manhattan, north of I-70 Exit 313 (virgin prairie, trails)
Oregon Trail Park, ne of Belvue (nature trails, painted silo, picnic area)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Vieux Cemetary, ne of Wamego (pioneer graves, now restored after vandalized in 1998)
Red Vermillion River Crossing, ne of Wamego (unmarked graves)
Vieux Elm (in better days) Vieux Elm, ne of Wamego (150-year-old tree virtually destroyed by vandals in 1997)
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Oregon Trail Park at Scott Springs, Hwy 99, mi south of Westmoreland (trails, covered wagon sculpture)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Alcove Spring, north of Blue Rapids, (James Reed signature, "Alcove Spring" inscription, Sarah Keyes monument, swale)
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Pony Express Museum, 106 S 8th St, Marysville (eclectic collection of memorabilia)
Pony Express Rider Statue, w off Hwy 36, Marysville (rider in motion)
Hollenberg Ranch Pony Express Station SHS, e of Hanover (exhibits)


Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Rock Creek Station SHP, se of Fairbury, NE (wagon rides, blacksmith demonstrations, period buildings, visitor center, deep trail ruts)
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Homestead NM, nw of Beatrice (tall-grass prairie)
World's Largest Porch Swing, Hebron city park (big long swing, but it's not on anybody's porch)
Pawnee Indian Village SHP, Courtland, KS, n of US36 on SR266 (Pawnee indian village interpretive center)
Willa Cather Home, Red Cloud, NE, US281 & 136 (author's childhood home)
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, NE, US281 & 34 (exhibits, pioneer town, living history)


Image Courtesy Harold Warp Pioneer Village Harold Warp Pioneer Village, Minden (Wm. Henry Jackson paintings, huge museum displays, period buildings)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Fort Kearny SHP, se of Kearney (grounds, buildings and stockade, interpretive trails)
Sod House Museum, Gothenburg, I-80 exit 211 on SR47 (exhibits, gift shop, sod home)
Pony Express Station, Ehmen Park, Gothenburg (gift shop, carriage rides)
Valley View Guest Ranch, sw of Ft. McPherson Cemetary (trail rides, fishing, camping, "frontier town" playground)
Sioux Lookout SHM, se of North Platte (steep climb to viewpoint)
Buffalo Bill SHP, North Platte, nw on US 30 & Buffalo Bill Ave (home and barn)
O'Fallon's Bluff, I-80 rest stop, eastbound between exits 158 and 164 (interpretive trails, wagon ruts)
California Hill, Brule (trail ruts)
Photo Copyright Southwind Productions Lake McConaughy, n of I-80 (fishing, boating, camping)


Additonal Image Credits:
Map: Darin Tompkins
Laramie Peak from Labonte Hill, by Wm. Henry Jackson: courtesy Harold Warp Pioneer Village

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