• From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: #Audubon Board of Directors <IMCEAEX-_O=AUDUBON_OU=NATIONAL_CN=RECIPIENTS_CN=BoardOfDirectors@xxxxxxxxxxx>,#Audubon Staff <audstaff@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2002 16:39:18 -0400

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Contact: Marian Langan
(402) 797-2301


Site's Trail Ruts Gain Recognition for the Center & Sanctuary

Denton, NE Tuesday, August 6, 2002 - Audubon Spring Creek Prairie's trail
ruts, 140-year-old imprints of the passage west of freight wagons, oxen, and
bullwhackers, were officially listed on the National Register of Historic
Places in July.  The National Register is the nation's inventory of historic
properties considered to be worthy of preservation.

Located at Audubon Spring Creek Prairie three miles south of Denton, the
wagon ruts are from the Nebraska City-Fort Kearny Cutoff to the Oregon Trail
and are among the oldest (1860 to 1864) of the major alignments of the
Trail.  The Cutoff created a transportation corridor that greatly increased
travel efficiency for both freighters and emigrants traveling west to Fort
Kearny and beyond, and the Spring Creek Prairie Trail Ruts are the longest
contiguous sequence of ruts still in existence along the road. They are also
noteworthy because they display the manner of wagon descent from ridge tops.

The ruts can be viewed at Audubon Spring Creek Prairie, a 626-acre nature
preserve open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
throughout the year, except holidays; weekend hours seasonal.  Admission is
by donation.

Audubon www.audubon.org <http://www.audubon.org> is dedicated to protecting
birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them.  Our growing
network of community-based Audubon Centers, grass roots science programs for
bird enthusiasts, and advocacy on behalf of ecosystems sustaining important
bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in
positive conservation experiences.

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