Rock Creek Station
State Historical Park
Jefferson Co Nebraska


Pioneers, the Pony Express and outlaws have all passed through this now tranquil place. Rock Creek Station would only be known to us as a mail station on the Pony Express and as a thoroughfare on the Oregon Trail had it not been for that single July day in 1861 when James "Wild Bill" Hickok killed David McCanles, and began his career as a gun-fighter.
Guests at the interpretive Visitor's Center will learn about the rich history of the park area, which is open year-round. Hiking trails, picnic areas and modern camp grounds are also available. For more information visit the Nebraska Game & Parks website
A recreation of the original Pony Express post office. Buildings on both the East and West Ranches have been reconstructed, along with the Toll Bridge over Rock Creek. To the west of the post office, the deep ruts of the Oregon Trail are visible.
On June 22, 1842, Kit Carson and John C. Fremont stopped during their journey across America and carved their names and date into the sandstone bank of Rock Creek. As the years passed, many other visitors did likewise, although all of the early names have been lost due to erosion or vandalism.
This bronze casting of their names was placed by the Quivera Chapter of the D.A.R. in 1940. The creek bank where the carvings were originally done is located about 1 mile south of Rock Creek Station, and is known locally as Quivera Park. The memorial stone was originally housed there but was removed and placed near the Visitor's Center after flooding washed out the bridge to Quivera Park.

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