Rebecca Winters' Grave

2 mi. E of Scottsbluff on Hwy 26, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

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308-633-1808

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About This Destination

1 1/2 mi. E. on US Hwy 26 - Rebecca Winters was born in New York State in 1802 and was a pioneer in the Church of the Latter Day Saints. In June 1852, Rebecca, with her husband Hiram, joined others of the Mormon faith, in the great journey to Utah. Rebecca contracted the dreaded disease cholera and died. A friend chisled her name and the year on an iron wagon tire to mark her grave on the prairies. In 1899, surveyors for the Burlington Railroad found the crude marker and changed the right-of-way for the railroad. The site was one of the more famous historical locations along the Mormon Trail. With heavy coal train traffic along the BNRR, it became necessary to relocate the grave of Rebecca Winters on Sep 5, 1995 for visitor safety to the area of the current historical marker.