Chimney Rock Over The Years

Sketches of Chimney Rock

engraving of a Sioux Village along the North Platte River

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In 1859 Chimney Rock inspired Albert Bierstadt, the great painter of western landscapes.  This engraving of a Sioux Village along the North Platte River was based on one of his paintings.

engraving of Chimney Rock by Father Nicholas Point

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Father Nicholas Point, traveling in John Bidwell's party in 1841, drew Chimney Rock, the basis for a later engraving.

engraving of Chimney Rock by Charles Preuss

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.

pencilled sketch of Chimney Rock by William Quesenbury

Courtesy 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. 

engraving of Chimney Rock by Richard Burton

"I took occasion to sketch the far-famed Chimney Rock," wrote Richard Burton in 1860.  An engraving accompanied his popular account of his trip.

sketch of Chimney Rock by George Ottinger

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.

Photographs of Chimney Rock

 

 

 

Photograph of Chimney Rock taken around 1902

This photograph of Chimney Rock was taken around 1902.

photograph of Chimney Rock early 1900s

Chimney Rock in the early 1900s.

photograph of Chimney Rock, Ezra Meeker, two oxen and a dog from 1906

In 1906 Ezra Meekers, an 1852 pioneer, retraced the trail with two oxen and a dog and passed by Chimney Rock.

Photograph of Chimney Rock by Solomon D. Butcher from 1908.

Chimney Rock, 1908, by photographer Solomon D. Butcher.

 

Photograph of Chimney Rock by Emil Kopac in 1929.

In 1929 Emil Kopac took this photograph of Chimney Rock.

Photograph of Chimney Rock from 1993

Photograph of Chimney Rock from 1993

These three photographs were taken in 1993.

Photograph of Chimney Rock from 1993

Photo of Chimney Rock taken by Vicki Cobb in 2012

Photograph taken in 2012 by Vicki Cobb from the visitor's center.

 

 

Postcards of Chimney Rock

Photo by O.W. Simmons

Photo by O.W. Simmons

Postcard of Chimney Rock  Midwest Photo #18

"Chimney Rock on the Old Oregon Trail". Midwest Photo #18

Postcard of Chimney Rock #25

Chimney Rock near Gering, Nebraska. #25

Postcard of Chimney Rock on the Oregon Trail

Famous Chimney Rock on the Oregon Trail - Bridgeport, Nebraska.

Postcard of Chimney Rock black and white photograph

Postcard, black and white photograph.

Postcard of Chimney Rock

19. Chimney Rock near Bayard, North Platte. Nebr.

Postcard of Chimney Rock #SK4666

Chimney Rock - Famous Landmark on Oregon Trail. 

Postcard of Chimney Rock Miller Bros. Pub.

Chimney Rock, North Platte Valley, Miller Bros. Pub.

Paintings of Chimney Rock

 

 

Oil painting of Chimney Rock 1958

Oil: Chimney Rock - Towner; 1958

Watercolor painting of Chimney Rock 1950s

Watercolor: Chimney Rock - Artist unknown; 1950s.

Oil painting for Chimney Rock 1991

Oil: Chimney Rock - Audrey Towater, Scottsbluff, Nebraska; 1991

Chalk painting of Chimney Rock 1969

Chalk: The Great Platte River Road - George Dial, Lincoln, Nebraska; 1969

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