Located in the Western Panhandle of Nebraska, Courthouse and Jail Rocks are the erosional remnants of an ancient plateau. They rise 400 feet above the North Platte Valley and are composed of Brule clay, Gering sandstone and volcanic ash.
Courthouse and Jail rocks were the first monumental rock features that the pioneers encountered on their journey west. It was also an important crossroads, were two major trunks of the Oregon and California Overland trails merged. A Pony Express Station was located here, as well.
These rock formations are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and in the Nebraska Natural Areas Register.
Copyright 2016 Susan Rissi Tregoning
Midwest America Photography 10.23.17
September 23rd, 2016
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