|Picture Scramble # 83
||20 February 2001
A spire of solitary grandeur, visible for miles to travelers of the
onstretching prairie, Chimney Rock was a celebrated landmark on the Oregon
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"at this place was a singular phenomenon, which is among the curiosities of
the country. It is called the Chimney. The lower part is a conical mound
rising out of the naked plain; from the summit shoots up a shaft or column,
about one hundred and twenty feet in height, from which it derives its name.
The height of the whole...is a hundred and seventy five yards...and may be
seen at the distance of upwards of thirty miles."
Capt. Benjamin Bonneville, 1832
Of all the curious rock formations along the trunkline of the trail, none drew
more comment from 19th century travelers than this one. Yet to the emigrant it
was more than a wonder of nature. As an oft described milepost on a journey
noted for its monotony; the column eased the emigrant's way westward by
heralding his progress and recalling the descriptions and sketches of
Picture © copyright by Calvin J. Hamilton. Information courtesy of the
National Park Service.