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California National Historic Trail (California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming)

9/24/2004 Oregon National Historic Trail

9/15/2005 City of Rocks National Reserve

5/25/2012 Oregon National Historic Trail

5/31/2013 Oregon National Historic Trail

6/1/2013 Oregon National Historic Trail

9/22/2013 ... then moved on to Guthrie Park in Dallas for a roadside kiosk on the Applegate part of the California NHT.

The Trail sign
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The little park ...
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... with interpretive signage
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5/24/2014 ... a half hour one-way detour to Leonard Rockshelter NHL ... We also lucked out in that there was California NHT information here, since the trail crossed nearby, as well as a second route which crossed the road we took here (Carson Route), part of the deadly Forty Mile Desert section of the trail.

Nice little CA Trail exhibit
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A very faded map and trail info ...
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... with trail logo
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Crossing the Forty Mile Desert
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5/25/2014 On the way back from Fernley we spotted an info sign and small exhibit for Ragtown on the Carson Route of the California NHT. ... to the Fort Churchill area. We first stopped at the Buckland’s PE Station in an old house that was built on the same spot as the original cabin (also on the California NHT). After some time operating at that site the PE station stop had moved over to nearby Fort Churchill (NHL), where we went next. ... [Dayton] After parking on pavement as far as we could go, we walked on one of two dirt paths we could choose from looking for trail info. Not seeing it we crossed over to the other trail and headed back, when Ken spotted the “T-bar” with official trail info - yay!

Ragtown exhibit on the Carson Route
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Ragtown info
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Hard to believe people got through this
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Buckland's PE and Emigrants Trails site
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Details of the marker ...
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... and PE picture
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Buckland's informative signage
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The old house on the trails
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Dayton T-Bar
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Details on the trail ...
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... and the logo
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Success!
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Kinda sorta see the trail?
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6/22/2015 Heading out of town we tried unsuccessfully to find where the California NHT crossed, then stopped at a very cool LH stone bridge below, and next to, the modern road. As we pulled into the parking for the bridge, a few feet away right in front of the car was - a T-bar for the California trail! ... Sportsman’s Hall PE Station. Once again, as we pulled into the parking spot where we would take our photos and eat our lunch, we saw a T-bar for the California NHT.

Ken and me by the T-bar ...
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... and a close-up
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The historical info ...
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... and the emblem
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Lunch on the trail!
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The T-bar and our car
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Historical info ...
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... and the same emblem
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Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Distric of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New York)

11/8/2008 Drove to Annapolis and parked by the City Dock. Did a little shopping, then walked around the Dock area, which is in the John Smith Chesapeake NHT [and Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network and Colonial Annapolis Historic District].

A tall ship at the dock
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9/20/2014 On the road west into Maryland to Chestertown and parked near the Chester River. We checked out the Custom House and a couple of homes on a very quaint street, part of the Chestertown NHLD. This was the chief port for tobacco and wheat on the Eastern Shore of Maryland between 1750 and 1790, and has a collection of more than fifty Georgian style town houses. We walked down to and along the river (on the Chester River Water Trail) on a gorgeous day and enjoyed checking out the Schooner Sultana and others. This area is on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT, and in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network.

The Custom House
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One of many pretty homes
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A sentry by the dock
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Inofrmative signage ...
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... with Trail logo
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The Sultana
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Cool details
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Lots of rigging
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A view of the shoreline
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10/17/2016 Patapsco Valley State Park.


El Camino Real De Los Tejas National Historic Trail (Texas, Louisiana)

5/14/2008 Got on the El Camino Real de los Tejas (now Route 6), a Spanish “highway” down to Mexico City. At Many, stopped at Fort Jesup SHS [NHL]. This was a protective fort along the highway; a reconstructed officer’s quarters and the foundations of a few others, along with one original kitchen are here. Checked out the few exhibits, then on the road.

A tral sign
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Reconstructed officer's quarters as VC ...
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... with exhibits
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A nice diorama
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Original foundations
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4/13/2018 El Camino Real de los Tejas NHT Marker. In the early 1900s the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) executed a project to commemorate the trail by placing granite markers approximately every five miles along the trail. The San Antonio missions are also along the NHT. ... El Camino Real de los Tejas NHT. This was another of the many DAR markers, and not knowing we’d spot the earlier one, Ken had researched this one located in the very nice San Pedro Springs Park. ... Spanish Governor’s Palace NHL. The last visible trace of the Presidio San Antonio de Bexar, which protected five missions and a civil settlement, and the only remaining example in Texas of an aristocratic 18th-century Spanish Colonial town house. This is also on the Camino Real NHT.

A marker ...
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... near the mission
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Another marker ...
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... in San Pedro Springs Park
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A sign for ...
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... the NHL
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Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (Arizona, California)

5/22/1999 Tumacacori National Historical Park

4/30/2014 Continuing south I got off into Picacho Peak State Park. This is a nice park at the base of, well, Picacho Peak, with Saguaro and other cactus all over. I parked at the end of the park road for a site on the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT – Camp 21, at El Aquituni, a known watering spot.

The State Park sign
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The eponymous Peak
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One sign pane of Trail info ..
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... and another
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A look out over the trail area
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6/24/2015 Presidio of San Francisco In an effort to get something more official for the NHT, we drove a short way and, after some creative tight parking and a short walk in a park, found a plaque about a JBdA campground.

The rock in the park
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Me staking claim
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The rock ...
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... and historical info plaque
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Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (Idaho, Illinois,Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington)

9/9/1992 Back short distance to Mandan and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Very pretty park on Missouri River with visitor center and museum, reconstructed village of Mandan Indians [on the Lewis and Clark NHT], ruins of original fort and reconstruction of Gen. Custer's house, and fort towers from fort - fun and interesting but winds up to 30 mph made walking around tough.

5/30/1997 Big Hole National Battlefield

5/22/1998 Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

7/27/2006 Continued south a few miles [along the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route] to Hartford and the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site. Saw an excellent museum about the site where L&C wintered before setting out up the Missouri. Nice film, good exhibits and a really cool full size keel boat cut in half lengthwise, showing the stores and other stuff. On the grounds is a replica of the encampment with log cabins in a little fort, fully outfitted.

The museum sign
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Cool keel boat
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L&C memorial
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Camp Dubois outside ...
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... inside the fort ...
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... and inside a building
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7/29/2006 Back east towards St. Louis (interstates this time!) and up to St. Charles and the Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center. Saw the working models of the boats used by L&C and a great museum on nature of the area and the L&C expedition, particularly their stay here before pushing up the Missouri. Both here and Camp Dubois are on the L&C NHT.

The Boat House
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Nice displays overlooking the river
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Excellent dioramas
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6/12/2008 Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site Continued a short ways to the Confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Interpretive Center where we saw the said confluence (explored by L&C) and escaped the clutches of an overly-helpful guide lady [and also on the NHT]. … Continued to Fort Abraham Lincoln SHS in Mandan. After some confusion on how the tours worked, got a guided tour of General and Mrs. G. A. Custer’s house at the fort, and checked out the barracks. This is the fort from which Custer lead the troops to the famous battle at the Little Bighorn. Next went to the visitor center to check out the museum and pick up the tour (just the two of us) of the Village-On-A-Slant (Mandan) given by a young woman who looked Native American (but we neglected to ask). This once large village of earthen-covered domed lodges lasted from the mid-1500s to mid 1700s (smallpox doing them in). L&C noted the ruins of the village in their logs [and the site is on the NHT].

Sign for the NHT
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The sign for the Confluence Center
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Nice panorama of the river
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The state park sign
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Custer's house outside ...
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... and inside
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The barracks
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Ken keeps guard ...
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... while I rest
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Sign for the Mandan Village
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A nice model of the village
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A cool reconstruction outside ...
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... and inside
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6/13/2008 Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site ... then got back on the road north. ... Continued over Garrison Dam, then south down to the L&C Interpretive Center (across the road from our first Cenex dinner stop) [and on the NHT]. This place had very good exhibits on L&C and Sakakawea, including art, history displays, a dugout canoe, etc. L&C did spend one quarter of their trip in ND, but enough of them for one vacation!

The NHT blaze
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The Interpretive Center sign
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Me as a mini-explorer
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Ken by a canoe ...
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... and me in a bear robe
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5/27/2010 Stopped at Hat Rock SP along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Parked right near the eponymous rock structure and hiked up to it. L&C passed through here, noting the feature that can be seen from quite a way despite it not being that big. The rock is made of vertical columns, like many others in this region. ... Continued west, across the river into WA, and west a bit more to Horsethief Lake SP, now known as Columbia Hills SP. L&C passed through here, although where they were is now under water due to the Dalles Dam. Checked out the exhibits of petroglyphs on rocks which were moved by the Corps of Engineers before the area flooded. Also saw Horsethief Butte.

The park sign
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Some L&C signage
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Hat Rock
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The L&C trail sign ...
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... and the view to Hat Rock
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Horsethief Lake sign
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A view back to the river
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5/11/2011 First was Lewis and Clark Monument Park on the Lewis and Clark NHT. This site, high along the “bluffs” overlooking the Missouri, was used for a “council” with the natives by L&C. The rain was pretty much stopped, and we enjoyed a great view of the river, Omaha and the airport under a reddish sky. ... crossed the river into Omaha and went north along the river ... Back a little south and we found the NPS HQ for the Lewis and Clark NHT. There was interpretive signage about L&C and nature. We walked on a very cool curving bridge over the water for some nice views of the very rapidly moving water and the area. The whole riverfront is revitalized as a dining and entertainment complex, right where L&C landed in 1804 after crossing the river from the bluffs area.

The park sign
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The council memorial
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Details of the memorial
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Ken and me overlooking Omaha
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The bridge at the NHT HQ
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Interpretive signage
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Me on the bridge
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5/24/2012 ... then to Fort Atkinson NHL (Fort Atkinson State Historic Park) in Fort Calhoun. This is the first US Army post to be established west of the Missouri River in the unorganized region of the Louisiana Purchase, erected in 1819 and is credited as the first town in Nebraska. The site is along the Lewis and Clark NHT, and we saw a nice sculpture tableau of the Lewis and Clark Council Bluff [sic] meeting, walked around the reconstructed fort and saw another sculpture marking the actual meeting place.

The park sign
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A map of the area
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Me joining the council
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The fort from the outside ...
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... and inside
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Ken in front of the barracks
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6/4/2017 Santa Fe National Historic Trail

9/21/2018 We headed east into the plains, then spent the day going roughly south skirting and into the mountains, much of it on the Lewis & Clark Auto Tour Route, hitting NHLs and L&C sites: Camp Disappointment NHL/L&C NHT, the northernmost campsite of the Lewis and Clark expedition, on its return trip from the Pacific Northwest. Just a sign and a somewhat defaced obelisk here, out on the windy plains ... Great Falls Portage NHL/L&C NHT. This is the route taken by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 to portage around the Great Falls of the Missouri River during the outbound portion of the expedition. Three stops for this. First we hit a memorial site with a bronze statue depicting Lewis’s part of the split team. Then heading up the Missouri we found a spot with some signage (unfortunately behind a fence) and another where we could stand right on the river where the party ended the arduous portage around the falls. ... Tower Rock State Park/L&C NHT. We stopped in a little interpretive area at the base of a large rock formation noted by L&C. We didn’t think it was really unique from the surrounding formations, but enjoyed it nevertheless, and continued on into Helena. ... Three Forks of the Missouri NHL, in Missouri Headwaters State Park (and on the L&C NHT), which marks the official start of the Missouri River at the confluence of the Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson Rivers. We climbed a trail to a nice viewpoint of the true confluence of the three rivers off in the distance, then went to an area where we could go to the edge of the Madison River right before it joined the other two to form the Missouri.

Camp Disappointment Sign
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The obelisk monument
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Ken and me in the early sun
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Great Falls monument area
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Interpretive signage ...
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... and NHT detail
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Monument close-up
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Great Falls Portage area ...
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... with Ken and me
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Tower Rock park area ...
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... and a closer look
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Interpretive signage ...
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... with NHT emblem
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Me and Ken
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Me taking photo of ...
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... the L&C Trail auto tour sign
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Three Forks signage ...
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... and our panorama
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A look upstream
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Interpretive kiosk ...
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... and one more emblem
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Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail (Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Utah, Wyoming)

9/24/2004 Oregon National Historic Trail

9/16/2009 ... headed over to This Is The Place Park. Although there is a heritage village here, I was just stopping to check out the monuments, including the huge TITP monument, on the Mormon Pioneer NHT (actually, the end). Also checked out the Pony Express monument. Weather is really great – warm, blue skies, pretty clouds. From TITP, headed east to Echo Canyon. ... Right nearby, though, was a station marker for the Pony Express. This route was also on the MP trail. South on I15 and off at Lehi to head to Fairfield. Stopped at the Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn State Park to see the Inn and the Pony Express exhibit. Continued a few miles to where the PE trail took off on a dirt road.

This Is The Place monument
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Mormon Trail marker
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Pony Express Monument sign
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Nice PE statue
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A PE map and info
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Reconstructed PE station
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Weber PE station marker
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Camp Floyd sign
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Camp Floyd PE marker
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The PE blaze
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One of the Camp Floyd buildings
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A view on the Pony Express Trail
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5/12/2011 North a bit more brought us to a part of the Mormon Pioneer NHT. This was the area of the Winter Quarters. An LDS Temple is at the site of the Pioneer Cemetery where hundreds of pioneers who died over the winter were buried. There were some bronze monuments and memorials here as well.

Winter Quarters and Cemetery sign
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A nice statue at the sign
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The cemetery sign
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One of the many graves
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5/25/2012 Oregon National Historic Trail

5/31/2013 Oregon National Historic Trail

6/1/2013 Oregon National Historic Trail


Nez Perce National Historic Trail (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming)

5/30/1997 Nez Perce National Historical Park

9/22/2018 Nez Perce National Historical Park