Deep Military History Among People of Alliance
During World War II, Alliance was home to the Alliance Air Base, a site chosen for its proximity to the Sandhills, which were considered excellent for parachute and ammunition training. The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment trained here before landing in Normandy hours before the D-Day invasion. As a result, a large number of D-Day casualties were known personally to the people of Alliance. Today, the former air base is the Alliance Municipal Airport.
In 2010, in tribute to those gallant heroes, Nebraska Veterans Cemetery was opened at the former Alliance Army Air Field on 20 acres once used as a troop training field. These 20 acres rest near the airport, which is east of Alliance, south of Highway 2. (877) 402-7990.
The Sallows Military Museum, 1100 Niobrara St., features artifacts from the air base and Box Butte County history from all military branches. It is open 1-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and by appointment. (308) 762-2385 or (308) 762-2384.
Alliance’s downtown brick-lined main street, Box Butte Avenue, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has an associated Historic Main Street organization. There are numerous shops, restaurants and other businesses in the downtown district.
For more information please contact the Alliance Visitors’ Bureau at (877) 269-8776 or the Alliance Chamber of Commerce at (800) 738-0648.