California Hill

California Hill (HMY9S)

Location: Ogallala, NE 69153 Keith County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 7.527', W 101° 43.212'

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Many emigrants to Oregon or California had to ford the South Platte River to continue their trek up the North Platte River to South Pass. The most important ford, known as the Old California Crossing, was a few miles west of present-day Ogallala. The South Platte was the most formidable obstacle overland emigrants had yet faced. Some lost wagons or supplies and a few lost their lives to its swift water and shifting sands.

After fording the South Platte the emigrants face a steep climb up a large hill that became known as California Hill. During their passage, the wheels of thousands of wagons left deep ruts that can still be seen today.

HM NumberHMY9S
Series This marker is part of the Oregon Trail series
Marker Number7
Placed ByOgallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 6:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 271649 N 4556249
Decimal Degrees41.12545000, -101.72020000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 7.527', W 101° 43.212'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 7' 31.62" N, 101° 43' 12.72" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 W 2nd St, Ogallala NE 69153, US
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