Gomorrah of the Cattle Trail - Fun Times Ahead!
Ogallala was the “Gomorrah of the cattle trail,” wrote Andy Adams, a trail driver who first saw the community in 1875. In the 1870s and 1880s, Ogallala was the end of the trail as cowboys drove herds of longhorns up from Texas to be shipped east on the Union Pacific Railroad. After several long, hard months in the saddle, cowboys were ready for a rip-roaring good time when they reached town.
Visitors to Nebraska’s “Cowboy Capital” can enjoy Wild West entertainment at Front Street. The Crystal Palace Review and Shoot Out is Nebraska’s longest-running summer theater, a musical comedy family show where dance hall girls kick up their heels and shots ring out. Adjacent attractions are the Front Street Steakhouse and the Cowboy Museum, a free museum that includes a jail, barbershop, funeral parlor and authentic cowboy and Native American artifacts. (308) 284-6000.
The renowned Petrified Wood Gallery has a newly expanded gallery at 481 E. First St. It features the petrified wood art of twin brothers Howard and Harvey Kenfield, as well as fossils, gemstones, geodes, Western sculpture and Native American artifacts collected locally. (308) 284-9996.
For more information about Ogallala, contact the Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce at (800) 658-4390 or visit www.visitogallala.com.