Stories also circulated about the high quality of the crops that could be grown in Oregon. Potential emigrants were told that wheat "grew as tall as a man, with each stalk sprouting seven kernels", clover was so dense that the "farmer could barely get into the field to harvest it" and turnips were "five feet tall". The entire journey was over 2,000 miles.
Our picture taken from a distance shows Chimney Rock, it was one of the best known landmarks on the Oregon and Mormon Trails. Approximately 350, 000 pioneers passed by Chimney Rock. Fur trader Warren A. Ferris left the oldest known written description of Chimney Rock. On May 26, 1830, his party reached " ‘Nose Mountain,’ or as it is more commonly called, the ‘Chimney,’ a singular mound, which has the form of an inverted funnel."
Driving through the Pass
MITCHELL PASS: LEFT. SENTINEL ROCK, RIGHT . EAGLE ROCK
In 1902, when surveyors were planning the Burlington Railroad through the area, the grave with the iron tyre was again discovered. The railroad decided to redirect the rail line out of respect for this noble pioneer mother who died on the plains. Also, the railroad constructed a small fence around the grave to help protect it the old iron tyre is still in place.