Rebecca Winters’ Gravesite, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, USA

Rebecca Winters’ grave. Photo (2017) by Kenneth Mays.

The Rebecca Winters’ gravesite is one of the few graves of the 6,000 Latter-day Saint pioneers who died while making the journey across the plains to the West. She was traveling in the James C. Snow Company in 1852 when an outbreak of cholera took her life. William F. Reynolds inscribed her name and age onto a discarded iron tire. It reads, “Rebecca Winters – Age 50.” Several individuals traveling west made mention of the grave as they passed it while traveling through the area.

In 1902, when surveyors were planning the Burlington Railroad through the area, the grave with the iron tire was again discovered. The railroad decided to redirect the rail line out of respect for this noble pioneer mother who died on the plains. Also, the railroad constructed a small fence around the grave to help protect it.

President Heber J. Grant and wife, Augusta, at the Rebecca Winters grave. Photo courtesy Church History Library.

Rebecca was the grandmother of Augusta Winters Grant, wife of President Heber J. Grant. In 1902, Rebecca’s descendants erected a monument to her at the gravesite. Additionally, in 1929, a marker was erected and unveiled by the Daughters of the American Revolution with the words “A Daughter of a Revolutionary Soldier” inscribed onto it.1 President and Sister Grant as well as many other members of the LDS Church attended the unveiling.

In 1995, the grave was moved to prevent visitors from wandering too close to the railroad, which was only six-feet away before the move. The site remains a tribute to all pioneer mothers who died along the trail.


1 “Plains’ Grave Is Remembered after Century Passes,” Improvement Era, November 1929, No. 1.

Map & Directions

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Hours of Operation: Daylight to Dark

Phone Number: (308) 632-2133

Admission: Free

Ownership Status

Presently the Rebecca Winters grave is situated on property owned by the city of Scottsbluff although efforts have been made to acquire it or even move the grave. The site is open from dawn to dusk. There is no charge to visit the grave.


Rim of a wagon wheel with Rebecca’ s name inscribed. Photo (2017) by Kenneth Mays.
Text on current headstone of Rebecca Winters’ grave. Photo (2017) by Kenneth Mays.
Rebecca Winters’ grave with a train passing by. Photo (2017) by Kenneth Mays.

Articles & Resources

Various Account of Rebecca Winters' Passing

Helen Hughes Vick, “Woman of the Dead,”  Friend, April 1993, 16.