Place

Ash Hollow State Park- Windlass Hill Area

Home built from sod with wood roof in a grass field.
Ash Hollow State Park- Windlass Hill Pioneer Home

Quick Facts
Location:
West side of Highway 26, south of Lewellen, Nebraska
Significance:
Deeply eroded ruts cut by thousands of wagons sliding downhill with their wheels locked on the Oregon and California Trails
Designation:
Ash Hollow State Historical Park; Ash Hollow Historic District

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Trailhead

Windlass Hill is scarred by deeply eroded ruts cut by thousands of wagons sliding downhill with their wheels locked on the emigrant trails. Due to the steepness of the grade, the wagons could easily travel at speeds that were not good for them or the livestock pulling the wagons. They were slowed by locking the wheels, which prevented the wheels from turning and increased friction. A paved, but steep, walking trail with outdoor exhibits leads visitors along the ruts to the top of the hill. From there, hikers are rewarded with a scenic vista of Ash Hollow and the Platte River.

Site Information

Location (West side of Highway 26, south of Lewellen, Nebraska)

Amenities
Other actives include bird watching, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. 

 

Safety Considerations

More Site Information

Oregon National Historic Trail

California National Historic Trail

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

California National Historic Trail, Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, Oregon National Historic Trail

Last updated: January 17, 2023