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Cross Country Trip Sunday 1997 continued
We entered Nebraska from Iowa on I80 crossing the great Missouri River into Omaha. We enjoyed talking with the folks at the visitor center and traveled on. Our route took us by Ashland, Lincoln, Aurora, Grand Island, Hastings, Alda, Kearney, Holdrege, Lexington, Gothenburg and to North Platte. We saw a few cranes, but not many since it was late summer. ....CAL.
Spring Bird Migration in Nebraska.
"For five weeks each spring, the Platte River valley in south-central Nebraska is the site of the largest gathering of cranes in the world and one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles anywhere. From February through April, nearly 500,000 sandhill cranes linger along an 80-mile stretch of Nebraska's Platte River. "
Cross Country Trip Monday 1997
After spending the night in North Platt. Monday morning we visited the North Platt's Cody Park Railroad Display. Upon leaving North Platt we followed the Oregon and Mormon trails from I80 up US26. This route included Ogallala, Ash Hollow (where we had a picnic lunch, visted the visitor center and cave), and a side trip to the base of Court House and Jail rocks. We ended the day near Chimney Rock on the Oregon Trail and checked into our log cabin...CAL.
Oregon Trail Wagon Train
"This is a history trek! Four or six days out on the Nebraska prairies with a wagon train. You will experience life as it was on the Oregon Trail in 1850. Treks in June, July and August. Special treks for your group of 20 or more.
Enjoy a covered wagon tour of the Oregon Trail. We also offer tent camping, log cabins, 3 hour tours of Chimney Rock. We have a 10 space RV Park. Shady, level, grassy sites. All are pull-through. Spaces rent for $15 per night for full service (electricity, sewer, and water). Showers are available. "
Cross Country Trip Monday Night 1997
We spent a night in one of the log cabins with a great view of Chimney Rock. It had hot and cold water and even electric lights! No phone or TV -- nice break, but our young ones did ask why no TV. We didn't have time to watch TV anyways.
We had a great time on the covered wagon ride, wonderful food at the cookout, learned to square dance with the folks heading out on a four day trek and watched the storms roll across the plains that evening. That night I woke to the howling of a cyote and the whistle of a train -- What sounds! Brought back memories of camping out as a kid! Too bad our kids were too tired and slept right through it. We had to keep the cans of off close....CAL.
Cross Country Trip Tuesday 1997 We visited Chimney Rock first thing in the morning. The rest of the morning, we continued on US26 and went by Scottsbluff and Gering into Wyoming.....CAL.

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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Homestead National Monument of America
Missouri National Recreation River
Niobrara National Scenic River

Scotts Bluff National Monument

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Nebraska Tourism Office - State Tourist Information Site.
Calendar of events.
State Game and Parks Commission -- for information on Parks, fishing, huntingd, wildlife, boating, and other state offered recreation information.
Ainsworth - Brown County
"Ainsworth is the gateway city to canoeing and recreational fun. The town has many places to eat, lodging, and service stations located in the heart of some of the finest deer, turkey, duck, grouse, and pheasant hunting in the state. There are numerous sandhill lakes, ponds, and trout streams with great fishing, canoeing, tubing, and camping available. There are also state recreation facilities such as Keller State Park and the Long Pine Recreation Area which has a new archery range. "
Calendar of events.
Village of Alda
"Alda, originally named "Pawnee" after the Pawnee Indian Tribe, came into existence in 1860. The community's name later changed to "Alda" after the first child, named Alda, was born in the community to a Union Pacific Railroad foreman. "
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Alliance Electronic Town Square
"Located 2.5 miles north of Alliance on US 385 is Carhenge, a unique replica of Stonehenge. This mysterious stone circle, erected about 2000 BC in southern England, intrigued Jim Reinders, now living in Albuquerque, who created Carhenge on his farm in June 1987.
Four years later over 750 people participated in a festival which raised the Heel Stone (a 1962 Cadillac) using methods of the Ancients. To some Carhenge is art; to some, whimsy; and to others, junk! Enjoy it. "
Calendar of events.
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"Whatever your entertainment pleasure, you'll find it in the Auburn area. Fine music, specialty shopping, sports, the outdoors, arts and family outing opportunities are available year-round. "
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"This is a country rich in pioneer history and recreational opportunities. Homestead National Monument of America, site of the nation's first homestead, the Filley Stone Barn, The Gage County Museum and Courthouse are all waiting to be discovered by modern day "pioneers".
Visitors can experience a host of outdoor activities from hunting pheasants to pitching horseshoes, from fishing at Rockford Lake to outings in one of the many community parks."
Another Beatrice site
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tourist site not up yet. August 15, 1997.
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"Few towns can state that their community was moved from one location to another, but that is exactly what happened to Colon, Nebraska in 1879. The first location was about 3 miles north of the today's community. The town was relocated to accommodate a new post office between Wahoo and Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska. The village was platted Chicago Northwestern Railroad land. An early settler, Mr. Leander Taylor moved to this new railroad town from Colon, Michigan, thus the name "Colon" was adopted.
Another early businessman, John P. Olander, an immigrant from Sweden, built a blacksmith shop in 1890. Other businesses quickly followed and by the end of 1890, Colon could boost two grain elevators, a livery stable, saloon, coal-grain-livestock store, 2 general mercantile stores and the post office. Telephones came early in the 1900's and Colon was the first Saunders County, Nebraska community to have the dial system installed.
A Presbyterian Church was built in 1906 and served the community until 1950. A two room school house was built in 1903 providing education for grades one through eighth. Some years included education through the tenth grade but this system was discontinued in the late 1930's when the high school was discontinued. Today's students attend school in Wahoo or Cedar Bluffs.
In 1919, St. Joseph's Catholic Church was constructed in town. The church was originally located northwest of Colon moved after the Holy Rosary Church was closed in 1918. The large spired church continues to minister to the community today."
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"Cook is a small rural community in southeast Nebraska, approximately sixty miles south of Omaha. The only covered bridge on a county road in Nebraska is a highlight of our small town.
Cook has won the Tree City-USA award for eleven consecutive years, along with the Keep Nebraska Beautiful award, for its tree planting efforts.
A good time to visit Cook is in July when the annual Windmill City Days is held. The celebration includes softball and sand volleyball tournaments, barbecues, a beer garden, a dance, a classic car show and other entertainment. Cook was originally known as the Windmill City due to the prairie windmills that once pumped water from artesian wells. "
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" in northeast Nebraska. The Missouri River and Gavins Point Dam is our north boundary. Creighton has many businesses, an excellent educational system, seven churches, the only hospital in Knox County, a long-term care center, airport, public 9-hole golf course, bed and breakfast and a retirement village. The area is well known for its abundance of deer, quail, turkey and pheasants. Other tourist attractions include:
Santaland -- Come see more than 200,000 lights on display in shapes of airplanes, helicopters, glow worms and much more! Santa's workshop is filled with toys made by mechanical elves who load them onto a mechanical train. Santaland is on display from December 1st through the 24th at Bruce Park.
Winnetoon -- Just 3 miles west and 3 miles north of Creighton is the Village of Winnetoon. With a population of fewer than 100 people, the little village of Winnetoon has a spirit of entrepreneurship. The Winnetoon Mini-Mall features items such as natural foods, outpost antiques, village woodwork and kaleidoscope handcrafts.
Ashfall State Historical Park -- Located 13 miles west and 3 miles south of Creighton. It is a world class exhibit of 10 million year-old fossils being unearthed while you watch in the Rhino Barn. Ashfall is visited by more than 40,000 visitors a year! "
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Dakota City
"The Greater Sioux Cities tri-state area provides a wealth of recreational opportunities for those interested in the outdoors, history, culture or sports. Facilities and programs for recreational and professional sports, horse and car racing, cultural activities and a full range of high school and collegiate spectator sports are available in the area. "
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David City
"The ethnic groups that pioneered here left a heritage of self-reliance, loyalty and respect for personal freedom. Friendship and enthusiasm make David City a special place in which to live. "
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"A small village nestled in the rolling hills mid-way between the Platte River and the Republican River, Eustis is located just off Highway 23 and is 13 miles south of Interstate 80. With air service at North Platte and Kearney, Neb., Eustis is only an hour away from the rest of the world. The village has a proud German heritage which has been kept alive by many customs, foods and celebrations. On Jan. 8, 1993, Eustis was declared the "Sausage Capital of Nebraska" by the Nebraska Legislature.
A strong German heritage includes A German heritage celebration similar to an Oktoberfest, Wurst Tag is a family celebration held the first Saturday in June each year."
Calendar of events.
"Echoed With History And Legend "
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Falls City
Being reconstructed. August 15, 1997
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Gage County
"The Oregon Trail enters Nebraska and crosses the southwest corner of Gage County. It was along this trail some 300,000 emigrants crossed the frontier on their way west in the 1840's. A number of other less known frontier trails also bisect the county. "
Film star Robert Taylor, silent screen star Harold Lloyd, and Clara Berwick Colby all called Beatrice home.
"'Wild Bill' Hickock was tried for murder in Beatrice for killing David McCanles at Rock Creek Station. Hickock, who as said to have killed 200 people in his 39 years started the bloodiest part of his career with this shooting. He was acquitted after pleading self-defense. "
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"rich in history, lies just east of Scotts Bluff National Monument, a well-known landmark on the Oregon Trail. Gering is located in Western Nebraska's Scotts Bluff County just 40 miles north of I - 80. It is centrally located between the Colorado Front Range, Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore. "
Calendar of events.
Gering Electronic Town Square
Calendar of events from the Electronic Town Square.
"Discover A Community "Rich" in Nebraska History
The Pony Express Capital of Nebraska."
Calendar of events.
"Hartington is located in a picturesque setting, nestled amongst the rolling prairie hills of Northeast Nebraska. This setting not only provides solitude from the normal hustle and bustle of city life, but also provides several excellent recreation and entertainment options for area residents and visitors. "
Calendar of events.
"Prior to the coming of the railroad, Hebron was part of the main road leading to the gold fields and western military posts along the Oregon Trail. "
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"Holdrege, Nebraska, the county seat of Phelps County, is located in the geographic center of the United States."
Calendar of events.
Holdredge Electronic Town Square
Calendar of events from the electronic town square.
"Humboldt's City Parks include our outstanding tree-lined city square. Shade trees, walkways, picnic tables and playground equipment give this park a feeling of relaxation, nature and community. "The Square" is center stage every September for the Richardson County Free Fair.
Kirkman's Cove Recreation Area" ... "is a flood control lake on 510 acres, managed by the Nemaha Natural Resources District. The 160-acre recreational lake reaches a depth of 40 feet. Kirkman's Cove second purpose after flood control is FUN. It is a stocked fishing lake (5 mph limit) with a swimming area, picnic tables and shelter, playground equipment, ball field, and sand volleyball.
Fishing for small and large mouth bass, bluegill and channel cat on local and private lakes, ponds, area rivers and streams is a treat.
Hunting turkey, pheasant, quail, dove and deer are just a few of the area's game."
Calendar of events.
Johnstown - Brown County
"Johnstown was the filming site for the CBS television movie O'Pioneers. Viewing the old-fashioned Main Street with board sidewalks is a trip down memory lane. Stop at Berry Park or try your hand at trout fishing in Plum Creek. There is also excellent turkey, deer, and duck hunting. Every Labor Day weekend Johnstown hosts the Brown County Fair and Rodeo. "
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What to do, What to do. Just some of the things to do -- Fort Kearny State Rec. Area & Historical Park (Sandhill Cranes), Audubon's Lillian Annette Rowe Sanctuary with Tours and Blinds, or the Platte River
Calendar of events.
Lexington Electronic Town Square
Area attractions include "15 Antique Shops, Dawson County Museum, Eagle Viewing Center, Elwood Reservoir, Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, Johnson Lake, Lakeside Country Club and Lexington Family Aquatic Center"
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The star city.
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Long Pine - Brown County
"A "must see" in Long Pine is the Long Pine Heritage House Museum, located in a former rooming house which catered to railroad crews during the era when the town was a division point on the Central & Northwestern Railroad. The Pines Resort is located on Pine Creek and has rooms and cabins available. Pine Valley Resorts has seven newly built cabins nestled in a canyon above Pine Creek. The Long Pine State Recreation Area also is on Pine Creek and is available for camping, picnicking, and trout fishing. Visitors come from far and wide to float in Pine Creek on inner tubes. "
Calendar of events.
Loup City
Great fishing, great hunting and relaxing parks. What more do you want? -- yes Paul, they have golf.
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Home to a Frank Lloyd Wright house, the Museum of the High Plains and the George W. Norris Historical Site.
Calendar of events.
McCook Electronic Town Square
Calendar of events from the electronic town square.
"We're the Town of Friendly People!
Located just a short drive west of Omaha, Nebraska; north of Lincoln, Nebraska; and south of Fremont, Nebraska"
Things to do page.
Nebraska City
"Home of Arbor Day ... and widely recognized for its apple orchards, outlet shopping, and historic attractions. "
Calendar of events.
Includes Norfolk, Orchard, Bancroft, Winnebago Tribe, Battle Creek, Neligh, Blair, Omaha Tribe, Meadow Grove, Clarkson, Madison County, Ponca State Park, Tilden, Plainview, Pierce County, Ionia Volcano, Royal, Niobrara, Santee Tribe, Lewis & Clark Lake, and Gavins Point Dam.
Calendar of events on their homepage.
"Swedish Capital of Nebraska"
Calendar of events.
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"Nebraska's Cowboy Capital "
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Links to calendars and lists of events.
Omaha net
"Omaha's warm, friendly difference brings visitors back to our tourist attractions again and again. The world's largest indoor rain forest, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum,a river boat ride on the Missouri, a tour of Boys Town and a night in our historic Old Market district are just a few of the reasons to consider Omaha for your next meeting or convention. "
Calendar of events from Omaha Net.
Omaha free net
Links to event lists from Omaha Free Net.
access Omaha via the Greater Omaha Chanber of Commerce.
access Omaha Visitors Guide
Calendar of events from KVNO.
"The friendly citizens of Rushville encourage you to explore their area! Rushville is located in the land of the Old West influenced by Indians, cowboys and homesteaders. Today, descendants of cattle barons, cowboys, sodbusters, Indian chiefs and great warriors keep the spirit of the Old West alive.
Rushville offers visitors a safe, friendly and inexpensive base for visiting nearby attractions, an ample selection of local attractions and family oriented community recreation. Rushville also provides visitors with a variety of restaurants, motels and campgrounds."
Area attractions including Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Badlands National Park, The Black Hills & Mount Rushmore, Chadron State Park, Fort Robinson State Park & Post Playhouse, Museum of the Fur Trade, Wounded Knee, Arthur Bowring Sandhills Ranch State Historical Park, and Carhenge
"Tree-lined streets, beautiful homes . . . a blend of old and new forms our neighborhoods, and a warmth that is characteristic of a community of caring people."
Points of interest.
Scottsbluff Electronic Town Square
"Since the pioneer days the Scottsbluff/Gering region has been well traversed. Fur traders, frontiersmen, stage coaches, and the Pony Express all journeyed through the area.
The Mormon and Oregon Trails followed either side of the North Platte River which runs directly between the two towns. For people heading west, the huge sedimentary mass towering hundreds of feet above the prairie -- now known as Scotts Bluff National Monument -- stood as a welcome landmark that the western lands were beyond."
Calendar of events.
"Valentine is a favorite destination for canoeing , biking and hiking, water skiing, hunting and fishing and of course, shopping! "
Calendar of events through their homepage.
"Any town in America would be proud of Wahoo's honor roll of native sons: Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Samuel "Wahoo Sam" Crawford; Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Howard Hanson; artist and author, Clarence W. "Herk" Anderson; Nobel Prize winner, Dr. George Beadle; and movie maker, Darryl F. Zanuck."
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