Mile 283: Oregon Trail Marker

oregon-trail-marker-1912The trail angled northwest across this steep drainage and must have been a hard pull after rains. This quarter section has been cultivated for decades and swales are not visible. D. W. Kingley, Jr. and Will Locke flew the trail in June in 1985 looking for faded color in the crops due to soil compaction from the trail traffic, but no crop color contrasts were observed. In steeper areas that had been left in native pasture swales were clearly evident. This marker was erected by the Niobrara Chapter of the DAR in 1912.

 

Located at https://goo.gl/maps/1JYqD5Q2GatG48pc8 (Just north off the XP Bikepacking Route on Hwy 281, before Mile 283)