Journal of Western Travel
by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
June 10th, 1859 -- When opposite Chimney Rock about 10 o'clock A.M., nearly all the boys went up the see it. It is composed of sand and clay, and is as near as I can judge, quite 400 feet in height, 200 from the base to the highest ascending point, and then 200 feet more sticking up on the top like a chimney stack. The boys say that there are any amount of names cut out in the soft rock. The bluffs all along jut out in every conceivable form and shape covered here and there with dwarf cedar. We killed three hares, and made a fair drive of about 17 miles.
Travelled fifteen miles. We visited Chimney Rock. We were there some three hours viewing it and playing yuker up on it some two hundred feet from the base. It is about three hundred and fifty or four hundred feet high. It extends two hundred feet in the form of a potato hole, the upper part resembling a chimney in something nigh two hundred feet. The base of the chimney is about forty by twenty and at the top fifteen by ten feet. The chimney part can only be ascended a few feet. It is all formed of soft sand stone. There are hundreds of names out on it. The most of them are washing out. I left mine on this and Courthouse. Chimney Rock is seventy miles east of Laramie. Courthouse is about eighty.
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