Sketches of Chimney Rock
Charles Preuss, a cartographer and draftsman assigned to John Fremont’s party of army explorers, drew a sketch on July 10, 1842. Because of his training Preuss’s depiction of Chimney Rock, later turned into this engraving, is probably one of the more accurate.
Father Nicholas Point, traveling in John Bidwell’s party in 1841, drew Chimney Rock, the basis for a later engraving.
Courtesy of the Omaha World-Herald Quesenbury Sketchbook
William Quesenbury traveled from Arkansas to California in 1850 but returned to the states the following year. During his journey, he produced a series of finely-penciled sketches, including this magnificent view of Chimney Rock from the east.
George Ottinger, a Mormon sketch artist, went to Salt Lake City in 1861 to avoid being drafted into the Confederate army. His rendition of Chimney Rock appeared later as an engraving in Harper’s Weekly, November 2, 1867.
“I took occasion to sketch the far-famed Chimney Rock,” wrote Richard Burton in 1860. An engraving accompanied his popular account of his trip.
Photographs of Chimney Rock
This photograph of Chimney Rock was taken around 1902.
Chimney Rock in the early 1900s.
In 1906 Ezra Meekers, an 1852 pioneer, retraced the trail with two oxen and a dog and passed by Chimney Rock.
In 1929 Emil Kopac took this photograph of Chimney Rock.
Chimney Rock, 1908, by photographer Solomon D. Butcher.
These three photographs were taken in 1993.
Photograph was taken in 2012.
Postcards of Chimney Rock
Photo by O.W. Simmons
Chimney Rock near Gering, Nebraska. #25
“Chimney Rock on the Old Oregon Trail”. Midwest Photo #18
Famous Chimney Rock on the Oregon Trail – Bridgeport, Nebraska.
19. Chimney Rock near Bayard, North Platte. Nebr.
Postcard, black and white photograph.
Chimney Rock – Famous Landmark on Oregon Trail.
Chimney Rock, North Platte Valley, Miller Bros. Pub.
Paintings of Chimney Rock
Oil: Chimney Rock – Towner; 1958
Watercolor: Chimney Rock – Artist unknown; 1950s.
Oil: Chimney Rock – Audrey Towater, Scottsbluff, Nebraska; 1991
Chalk: The Great Platte River Road – George Dial, Lincoln, Nebraska; 1969