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The Pony Express National Monument - Nebraska Life Hometown Story
The Pony Express National Monument - Nebraska Life Hometown Story
Dedicated to the bravery and fortitude of the Pony Express riders, the flags of the Pony Express National Monument can be seen waving from 1-80, near retail giant Cabela's.

The young men of the Pony Express were expected to face death on a regular basis. Racing across vast stretches of wild and dangerous terrain, riders weathered blizzards, bandit attacks and broken bones, committed to delivering the mail despite any hazard that awaited them. Although the Pony Express

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Pine Ridge Home of Buffalo Bill Legend
Pine Ridge Home of Buffalo Bill Legend

   It was on this lonely hillside 137 years ago that the most famous showman of the Wild West was said to have outgunned a Cheyenne warrior and taken his scalp as revenge for the killing of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer three weeks earlier at the Battle of Little Bighorn. What re

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Gordon Howard's Chimney Rock
Gordon Howard's Chimney Rock

When the sun rises just right, the homestead where Gordon Howard was born 78 years ago in a two-story sod house is touched by the shadow of Chimney Rock. The iconic landmark that served as an important milestone to roughly half a million westward pioneers in the 1800s has been a part of his life

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I-80 Golden Link
I-80 Golden Link

I-80 Golden Link Six miles west of Sidney, the I-80 Golden Link marks where the last segment of Interstate 80 was completed in 1974. The link is a 6-inch strip of brass plates embedded in both lanes of the thoroughfare, signifying the joining of Western and Eastern Nebraska.  For more inf

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Sidney
Sidney

Photo by Joshua Hardin If this were an 1870s travel guide, we’d advise you to go around Sidney. Outlaws, gamblers and other riffraff made this railroad town one of the toughest places in all of the American West. Stay on the train, lock the doors and you’ll be fine. Unless there&r

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Ogallala
Ogallala
Nebraska’s “Cowboy Capital”

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 sev

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Toadstool Geologic Park
Toadstool Geologic Park

  Strangest landscape in the Oglala National Grassland! Highway 2 leads north to Oglala National Grassland, home of pronghorn, turkey, mule deer and burrowing owls. Toadstool Geologic Park is regarded as a strange landscape within the grassland. Sediment layers deposited by ancient vo

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Banner County Museum
Banner County Museum

See How Pioneers Lived in Harrisburg Turning north from Kimball, State Highway 71 will take you past the little village of Harrisburg.  The Banner County Museum is an 11-building complex that includes a 19th-century log schoolhouse, sod house, log cabin, 1910 barn, pioneer church and the old

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Tri-State Marker - Nebraska, Colorado & Wyoming
Tri-State Marker - Nebraska, Colorado & Wyoming

Three States Touch in This Spot Nearby, the Tri-State Marker shows the spot where Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado meet. The 1869 marker actually sits several hundred feet from where it was supposed to be, but it was easier to redraw the map than to move it. It became the official boundary betw

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Kimball County Missile Silos
Kimball County Missile Silos

Oil, Missiles and Living in a Silo  After oil was discovered in Kimball County in 1950, Kimball became known as the “Oil Capital of Nebraska.” It soon had another title – “Missile Center, U.S.A.” The area’s first Atlas missile site was completed in 1961. T

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Plains Historical Museum
Plains Historical Museum

Railroad History, Plains Memories and Native Americans Kimball began as a railroad construction camp. Because of large herds of pronghorn in the area, the railroad called the new station Antelope, and the new village, Antelopeville. In 1885, the growing settlement was renamed for railroad executi

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Railroad History - Point of Rocks & Buffalo Bend
Railroad History - Point of Rocks & Buffalo Bend

Longest Creek In the World? Three miles east of Potter on U.S. Highway 30 is the historic Point of Rocks, where railroad crews laying the Union Pacific line east of Potter clashed with Indians.  The altercations provided the impetus to establish Fort Sidney. The track here, called Buffalo Ben

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Downtown Potter - Soda Fountains & Museums
Downtown Potter - Soda Fountains & Museums

Potter Offers Nebraska Small Town Charm You don’t have to go far out of your way to visit downtown Potter – it’s just a minute’s drive from I-80. Unwind at city parks or at the Reading Garden beside the library downtown.  In one of several restored historic bui

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Sidney to Deadwood Trail
Sidney to Deadwood Trail

Explore the Famous Sidney to Deadwood Trail In 1874, a military expedition led by George Armstrong Custer discovered gold in the Black Hills. Though a treaty reserved the Black Hills for the Sioux Indians, the Army stopped enforcing it. Interlopers trespassed by the thousands and soon a major gol

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War Memorial - Legion Park & Memorial Gardens
War Memorial - Legion Park & Memorial Gardens

Tallest Flagpole in Nebraska! Twenty-nine Sidney buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Sidney is the only Western Nebraska city with a “Historic District” designation. When a local man suggested erecting a flagpole for the War Memorial in Legion Park and Memorial

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Sioux Army Depot
Sioux Army Depot

Tour WWII History in Sidney Half a century after Fort Sidney closed, Sidney again became home to a major military facility. The Sioux Army Depot, built in 1942, held equipment and ammunition. Located six miles west and two miles north of Sidney, the site once covered 36 square miles. It closed in

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Fort Sidney Museum & Post Commander’s Home
Fort Sidney Museum & Post Commander’s Home

Learn History in Sidney At Sixth and Jackson streets, Fort Sidney Museum and Post Commander’s Home consists of the Officers’ Quarters, which is a museum of Sidney’s colorful past, and the Post Commander’s Home, which has been restored with original and other period fur

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Boot Hill Cemetery
Boot Hill Cemetery

Don't End Up In Boothill! The grounds of former Boot Hill Cemetery, established by the military in 1868, has been restored and features interpretive panels with stories of some of the people buried there. The cemetery was used until 1889, and 211 bodies were removed and relocated in 1922

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Sidney Barracks
Sidney Barracks

Protecting the Railroad in Sidney from Attack! Sidney Barracks was established in 1867 to protect Union Pacific Railroad track layers from attack. In 1869, the post was relocated to the present site at Sidney. The following year it was renamed Fort Sidney and was active through the Indian wars. At

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Pony Express National Monument
Pony Express National Monument

Pony Express Riders Connected Nebraska and the Nation Near the Cabela’s store is the Pony Express National Monument. The monument’s flags can be seen from a long distance by travelers motoring on I-80. For more information about Sidney, contact the Cheyenne County Visitors Comm

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