History & Culture

A black and white image of a distinctive sandstone bluff.
Mitchell Pass and Scotts Bluff, as seen in 1935.


From various tribes of Native Americans living and travelling through the area, to our modern towns with populations made of many different cultures, Scotts Bluff has served as a landmark for a huge diversity of peoples.

A man dressed in period clothing leans against a covered wagon.

The Emigrant Experience

Learn more about the daily lives of those traveling west on the Great Platte River Road.

A man dressed as a fur trader stands in a field.

Hiram Scott

Learn more about the man whom Scotts Bluff is named after, fur trader Hiram Scott.

A woman dressed in emigrant costume stands near a grave.

Rebecca Winters

Rebecca Winters was headed to Utah when tragedy struck. Learn more about this Mormon Pioneer.

A black and white photo of a man standing next to a horse.

William Henry Jackson

William Henry Jackson is an icon of the American west. Scotts Bluff National Monument contains the largest collection of his watercolors.

A squared log building with a round sandstone formation behind it.

Robidoux Pass

Learn more about Robidoux Pass, the preferred route of emigrants in the Scotts Bluff area before 1851.

A watercolor painting depicts a fort with soldiers approaching and a gap between two bluffs.

Fort Mitchell

Fort Mitchell was located just northwest of Scotts Bluff along the route of the emigrant trails.

A black and white photo of men building a road with shovels.

New Deal Programs at Scotts Bluff

Depression-era New Deal programs have left a lasting legacy at Scotts Bluff National Monument.

Last updated: January 14, 2021

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