The stories of Scotts Bluff National Monument include tales of Native travelers, brave emigrants, the efforts to establish the monument we know today, and the ongoing conservation efforts to protect this geologically significant landmark on the Great Plains.
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New Deal Programs at Scotts Bluff

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

A boy sits in a Soap Box Derby Car.
Soap Box Derby at Scotts Bluff

From 1939 until 1951, the Soap Box Derby was one of the most popular annual events at Scotts Bluff National Monument.

A piece of wooden machinery.
The Mormon Odometer

Odometers were used by Mormon Pioneers to measure their progress to the Salt Lake Valley.

The Horse Creek Treaty
The Horse Creek Treaty

Explore the history of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851, also known as the Horse Creek Treaty.

A sandstone bluff is framed by the bare branches of a tree.
The Five Rocks of Scotts Bluff

Learn about the famous "Five Rocks" of Scotts Bluff National Monument.

A Conestoga covered wagon is pulled by replica oxen.
The Road Through Scotts Bluff

Many different groups of people have traveled past Scotts Bluff throughout the ages.

Illustration of a Pony Express rider waving to workers building telegraph lines.
The Transcontinental Telegraph

The first Transcontinental Telegraph passed through Mitchell Pass inside what is now Scotts Bluff National Monument.

Uncle Sam holding American flag with planes above him and troops below.
S.S. Scotts Bluff: Forgotten Contributor

The SS Scotts Bluff and the other ships in her class played a pivotal role in the campaigns of World War II.

Last updated: December 1, 2023

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