Monument receives donation of rare Oregon Trail document

Documents donated by Robert and Maxine Palm

An Arizona couple has donated to the Scotts Bluff National Monument a rare hand-written first hand account of the Denney family's 1850's journey across the Oregon Trail before settling in the Beaverton, Oregon area. The account is of Robert Palm's great, great grandparents journey, and was written by their youngest daughter. It was later transcribed and put into type in the 1940's.

Palm and his wife Maxine donated the original hand-written account, believed to be dated in the 1890's.. Robert Palm says they had the hand-written copy for years, but decided it should not die with him.

Palm says he always wanted to go see the Oregon Trail after hearing the stories and reading other accounts of those who, like his family, settled in the Beaverton, Oregon area. The Palms drive from their home in Phoenix, Arizona to Minnesota, generally passing through Nebraska. That is why they selected the Scotts Bluff National Monument to receive the donation.

The hand-written transcript will be placed in a special display, that will be available for viewing this summer at the Scotts Bluff National Monument Vistor Center.

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