Ash Hollow

Ash Hollow (HMZS)

Location: Oshkosh, NE 69154 Garden County
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N 41° 18.012', W 102° 7.168'

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Ash Hollow was famous on the Oregon Trail. A branch of the trail ran northwestward from the Lower California Crossing of the South Platte River a few miles west of Brule, and descended here into the North Platte Valley. The hollow, named for a growth of ash trees, was entered by Windlass Hill to the south. Wagons had to be eased down its steep slope by ropes.

Ash Hollow with its water, wood and grass was a welcome relief after the arduous trip from the South Platte and the travelers usually stopped for period of rest and refitting. An abandoned trappers cabin served as a unofficial postoffice where letters were deposited to be carried to the "States" by Eastbound travelers. The graves of Rachel Pattison and other emigrants are in the nearby cemetery.

In 1855 a significant fight, commonly called the Battle of Ash Hollow, occurred at Blue Water Creek northwest of here. General Harney's forces sent out to chastise the Indians after the Grattan Massacre of 1854 here attacked Little Thunder's band of Brule Sioux while the Indians were attempting to parley, killed a large number and captured the rest of the band.
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series, and the Oregon Trail series.
Marker Number15
Placed ByLewellen Lions Club and Historical Land Mark Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 741168 N 4576085
Decimal Degrees41.30020000, -102.11946667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 18.012', W 102° 7.168'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 18' 0.72" N, 102° 7' 10.08" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3897 US-26 Scenic, Oshkosh NE 69154, US
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