Mile 975- O’Fallon’s Bluff
After departing Grand Island, Robert Campbell and company would have travelled west following the Platte River. Robert states in his narrative;
“At O’Fallon’s Bluff, the expedition was joined by Bill Fallon, after whom the bluffs were named. His name was Fallon; not O’Fallon. He had wintered there. His father was a wagon maker in Saint Louis. He was a strong, athletic man, as spry as a cat, and a great horseman. His weight was 200 pounds. He could mount a horse on the run and pick up a sixpence from the ground whole on the gallop”
O’Fallon’s bluffs are located in western Nebraska on the South Platte river. These bluffs consist of a 20 mile long stretch of hills that come very close to the river near modern day Sutherland, Nebraska. O’Fallon’s Bluffs would later become a stop on the Oregon Trail, hosting the Donner Party at one point. It would also become the home of a Pony Express station.