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Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Today's Hours
Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Old Smoke
Old Smoke
In 1892, a special edition of Francis Parkman's The Oregon Trail, originally published in 1847, was issued with 77 illustrations by Frederic Remington. Parkman's work contained some of the earliest accounts of life on the prairie and in the Rocky Mountains. He tells of riding along Scott's Bluff in Nebraska one morning with traveling companion Henry Chatillon and finding that they were approaching "Old Smoke's lodges". A warrior approached them and, after some communication, escorted them to the camp at Horse Creek. Parkman described his first sight of the chief: On the farther bank stood a large and strong man, nearly naked, holding a white horse by a long cord, and eying us as we approached. This was the chief, whom Henry called 'Old Smoke'". A first edition of the Remington-illustrated version of The Oregon Trail can be found in the Norton's Rare and Antiquarian Book Collection.