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Whitney
Whitney

Photo by Nebraska Tourism   The community of Dawes City formed in 1885. When the railroad arrived but stayed north of the White River, the town of Earth Lodge formed. Buildings were moved to the new town, and it later became Whitney. Old Fort Useless was built nine miles from town to protec

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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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Trailside Museum of Natural History
Trailside Museum of Natural History

   The Trailside Museum of Natural History explores the area’s geology and natural history. Don’t miss the “Clash of the Mammoths.” A pair of bull mammoths locked tusks more than 10,000 years ago and died together. Their skeletons lie in display at the museum

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Rushville
Rushville

Photo Courtesy Sheridan County Historical Society The story of the aforementioned Camp Sheridan and the Spotted Tail Agency can be found at the Sheridan County Historical Museum, along with exhibits showing frontier life. The museum is at the junction of Highway 20 and Nelson Avenue. In nea

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Hay Springs
Hay Springs

A newspaper story in a 1922 issue of the Hay Springs News reported the sighting of a Loch Ness-style monster at Alkali Lake. Rumors circulated of ranchers losing cattle to the hungry beast, but no physical evidence of the creature’s questionable existence was ever discovered. We can’t

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Chadron
Chadron
Home of Nebraska’s oldest state park

Chadron has a rollicking frontier history including fur traders, tough cowboys, Native Americans, ranchers and railroaders. The community lies between the Pine Ridge and the High Plains. Founded in 1921, Chadron State Park was Nebraska’s first state park. It encompasses nearly 1,000 acres o

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Crawford
Crawford

 Photo by Barbara Johnson East of Harrison, Highway 20 crosses High Plains country before the White River Valley appears, revealing the scenic Pine Ridge. Located in the heart of Pine Ridge Country, Crawford bills itself as the “Big Game Capital of Nebraska.” Legend Buttes Golf

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Harrison
Harrison
“Nebraska’s Top Town”

The Sioux County Historical Museum in Harrison chronicles Sioux County from settlement through the 20th century. (308) 668-2110. For a scenic side trip head north from town on Sowbelly Road. In 1876, the 5th U.S. Cavalry fought a band of Cheyenne at what is known as Warbonnet Battlefield. Buffalo

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Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center
Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center

What killed the bison?  Research it here. Highway 2 leads north to Oglala National Grassland, home of pronghorn, turkey, mule deer and burrowing owls. Toadstool Geologic Park is a strange landscape within the grassland. Sediment layers deposited by ancient volcanoes have eroded at different r

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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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Mari Sandoz Historical Marker
Mari Sandoz Historical Marker

Enjoy Countryside Solace Near Gordon The Mari Sandoz Historical Marker is in a valley of natural lakes 30 miles south of Gordon on Highway 27. Follow the signs from there east to Mari’s Grave on the Sandoz homestead and see the still-producing fruit orchards planted by her father, “Ol

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Scamahorn Museum
Scamahorn Museum

The Scamahorn Museum is a restored 1880s Methodist church and houses local history exhibits, military displays, Native American artifacts, pioneer and agricultural tools and genealogical records. The museum is the oldest building in Gordon and is named for the founder of the community, the Rev. John

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Tri-State Old Time Cowboy Museum
Tri-State Old Time Cowboy Museum

See How Cowboys lived in Gordon, Nebraska Cowboy memorabilia from the late 1800s through the present day is displayed at the Tri-State Old Time Cowboy Museum at the Gordon City Park at Fourth and Oak streets. An impressive collection of cattle brands burned into wood helps explain the area’s

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Smith Lake Wildlife Management Area
Smith Lake Wildlife Management Area

Camping, Wildlife and Fishing at Smith Lake Smith Lake Wildlife Management Area has fishing, picnic areas and primitive camping. It is 27 miles south of Rushville on Highway 250. For more information on Rushville, contact the Rushville Chamber of Commerce at (308) 327-2221 or visit www.ru

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Sheridan County Historical Museum
Sheridan County Historical Museum

History and Museums in Rushville The story of the aforementioned Camp Sheridan and the Spotted Tail Agency can be found at the Sheridan County Historical Museum, along with exhibits showing frontier life.  The museum is at the junction of Highway 20 and Nelson Avenue. In nearby Hay Spring

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Beaver Wall & Sheridan Gates
Beaver Wall & Sheridan Gates

Geographic Wonders and Pioneer History in Hay Springs Two local landmarks have important historical significance. The Beaver Wall escarpment is in the middle of the Spotted Tail Agency and old Camp Sheridan. Spotted Tail was a famous Lakota (Sioux) leader and a contemporary of Crazy Horse. From the

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Metcalf Wildlife Management Area
Metcalf Wildlife Management Area

Hiking and Camping in Hay Springs, Nebraska Wildlife abounds in the pine forest of Metcalf Wildlife Management Area. The area is closed to motorized vehicles, but hiking is allowed, as is camping at primitive sites. To find it, take Highway 20 to the east edge of Hay Springs and follow the county

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Walgren Lake State Recreation Area
Walgren Lake State Recreation Area

Underwater Monster Swims Walgren Lake in Hay Springs A newspaper story in a 1922 issue of the Hay Springs News reported the sighting of a Loch Ness-style monster at Alkali Lake. Rumors circulated of ranchers losing cattle to the hungry beast, but no physical evidence of the creature’s questio

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Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center
Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center

A Celebration of Nebraska and High Plains Culture The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center is dedicated to the study of Nebraska and High Plains culture, literature and history. Located at Chadron State College, the center features museum and art exhibits, an archival library and a two-sto

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Dawes County Historical Museum
Dawes County Historical Museum

Explore the Life of Nebraska Settlers The Dawes County Historical Museum – five miles south of Chadron on Highway 385 – has an original log house and barn, a schoolhouse and a railroad caboose, in addition to pioneer artifacts. Open Memorial Day-Sept. 30. (308) 432-4999. For more i

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