Scotts Bluff National Monument Marks Centennial

GERING – Scotts Bluff National Monument celebrated its official 100th anniversary Thursday night with a program at the Gering Civic Center that drew a crowd of several hundred.

President Woodrow Wilson signed the President Proclamation officially establishing the first national monument in Nebraska on December 12, 1919, after a concerted effort by area residents and leaders to protect the historic Oregon Trail site.

Monument Superintendent Dan Morford told the centennial celebration that strong community support continues to be important as the park prepares for its second hundred years, starting with the grand re-opening next spring of the expanded and renovated Visitor’s Center.

The celebration also included remarks by local officials, a presentation on the history of the monument, and revealing the winner of the Centennial Photo Contest. The winning picture by Adventure Photography shows a Pony Express re-ride participant on horseback with Eagle Rock in the background.

Scotts Bluff National Monument includes 3,003 acres of rugged bluffs, historic overland trail remnants and prairie protected by the National Park Service

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