Rough Going

Rough Going (HM1NAS)

Location: Oshkosh, NE 69154 Garden County
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N 41° 15.786', W 102° 6.848'

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The Way West — The Oregon Trail
For the wagon-traveler, the road from Independence, Missouri, to the Far West was "2,000 miles, one step at a time."Wagon BrakesThe most common wagon brake was the rough-lock. It slowed the wagon by making the wheels drag on the ground.Uphill travel could be still more difficult. Sometimes wagon drivers lightened their loads and made double trips on difficult grades.
The Legend of Windlass Hill
Many stories are built around the idea that wagons were let down this grade with a windlass. Others say a "snubbing post" was used.No evidence, historical or archeological, found to date tells of any such device here. Historians class the legend of "Windlass Hill" as an interesting folktale created during later years.Covered wagon emigrants were often skilled in taking wagons through rough terrain such as this. Some of their methods are shown in an adjacent exhibit. Wagon breaks were inadequate for hills such as this, and for the many steeper grades further west. Faced with such slopes, wagon drivers locked the wheels with various devices and sometimes had all available hands hold back on ropes attached to the wagon.Stream crossings posed the worst hazard for the wagon traveler. Further upstream the North Platte had to be crossed several places. Along the trails, crude ferries and log-rafts served the traveler until a few bridges were built by traders.Far more emigrants, freighters and soldiers were drowned attempting river crossings than were killed by hostile Indians.
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Date Added Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 741751 N 4571981
Decimal Degrees41.26310000, -102.11413333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 15.786', W 102° 6.848'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 15' 47.16" N, 102° 6' 50.88" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)308
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Oshkosh NE 69154, US
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