Distance: 738 miles from Nauvoo
The Bluff is named for Hiram Scott, a Rocky Mountain Fur
Company trapper abandoned here by his companions when he
became ill. Numerous accounts of his tragic death were noted
by early travelers along the Platte. As with many other
landmarks along the Platte, virtually all those who kept
journals mention it, including Latter-day Saints, most of
whom were traveling on the north side of the Platte. Also
located near the site is the grave of Rebecca Winters, a
Latter-day Saint mother who fell victim to cholera in 1852.
Recently the gravesite was moved and rededicated.
Asa S. Hawley
cholera broke out in our camp and many died. The most sorrowful
to me was the death of Sister Winters, one of God's noble and courageous
women. We buried her on the Platte River opposite Scott's Bluffs.
Great was our sorrow in having to leave her there. She has gone
to her rest" (The Autobiography of Asa S. Hawley, typescript [n.d.],
Family and Church History Department Archives, The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2).
14 August 1850
to Scotts [Bluff] and Elder Alexander Badlam and myself explored
Scotts Bluffs from top to bottom for about 10 miles. They had many
grand formations of nature. In some places, we rolled off large
rocks of near a ton's weight that would go thundering down the mountain
and into the vale beneath, levelling the cedars to the earth and
starting the wolves from their hiding places as it bounded on its
way for half a mile from its starting place.
After spending several hours of hard labor, though pleasant, among
those grand, lofty ruins or bluffs, we left them and returned to
camp. We passed Burdoe's trading post. He enquired for me but I
did not see him. Brother Carrier turned his wagon bottom side upwards
down a bluff, broke things bad. The Indians tried to raise a stampede
among us but did not do it. Traveled 20 miles and camped" (Wilford
Woodruff's Journal, 1833-1898, typescript, ed. Scott G. Kenney,
9 vols. , 3:568).
Priscilla Merriman Evans
Indians came to our camp and my husband in a joking way told one
of the Indians, that he would trade me for a pony; he thought no
more of it, but the Indian came with the pony and it was no joke
to him. There was no place to hide and the captain was called to
help settle it" (Priscilla Merriman Evans, in Heart Throbs of
the West, Kate B. Carter, comp., 12 vols. ,
Mary Ann Stucki
had bought a cow to take along, so we could have milk on the way.
. . . He thought he would make a harness and have her pull the cart.
. . . One day a group of Indians came riding up on horses. . . .
[They] frightened the cow and sent her chasing off with the cart
and children. . . . The cow fell into a deep gully and the cart
turned upside down. Although the children were under the trunk and
bedding, they were unhurt" (Mary Ann Hafen, Recollections of
a Handcart Pioneer of 1860:A Woman's Life on the Mormon Frontier,
courtesy of Infobases, Inc.