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90th Anniversary Commemorated

Scotts Bluff National Monument

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In conjunction with the community's Oregon Trail Days, the park commemorated it's 90th anniversary six months early with historical reenactments.  Events included activities commemorating the park's historical time period and Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation of December 12, 1919 that established this 3,000-acre unit.

Over the weekend of July 11th and 12th, the park’s interpretive staff dressed in historic costumes that covered the time period from 1820 through the 1860s.  In addition, community members dressed in 1919 clothing to portray notables involved in the establishment of Scotts Bluff. Events included:

  • A Studebaker covered wagon was added to the wagon display along the Oregon-California Trail, on loan from Fort Laramie NHS. The usual wagon display consists of a Conestoga, a Murphy and a Mormon handcart.
  • Wagon cooking demonstrations and talks on pioneers' wagon experiences.
  • A life-sized plywood cutout of Hiram Scott (fur trader) at the spring where he died (the spring and bluff are named for him).
  • A Pony Express re-ride. For the first time since the Pony Express centennial in the 1960's, a mochilla (the true Pony Express saddle bag) was used.
  • A demonstration soapbox derby. These were a popular part of the park's history form the 1930s to 1950. This was the first derby run since 1950.
  • A skit entitled "Scotts Bluff through History" that portrayed notables in the history of the Bluff and establishment of the park.


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