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May 2016
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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Ogallala's Soap Box Joyride
Ogallala's Soap Box Joyride

Two speed racers have climbed into their little rockets on wheels, boldly braving the whipping wind racing across Ogallala. These helmeted riders are all of 9 years old, but the boy and girl both have the steely-eyed determination of veteran NASCAR road warriors as they stare down a 34-foot dive

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Sidney Soars on High Plains
Sidney Soars on High Plains

There’s even more optimism rolling about than the freight trains from the three railroad lines constantly moving through town. But the trail of Sidney has had many twists and turns, starting in the 1870s when the most feared desperados of the Wild West lurked here. The community’s jou

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Good Times in the Badlands
Good Times in the Badlands

Our Heritage Guest Ranch is a rock of the Badlands. Homesteaded by Swedish immigrants Andrew and Johanna Rosenburg in 1887, the ranch provided food and lodging to railroad crews toiling in the area all the live-long day. At night they returned for rest, a hearty meal and to have equipment repaire

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Sandhills Safari in Seneca
Sandhills Safari in Seneca

     A new day dawns, and the sun rises as if being born from the shallow rivulet flowing through this wild and wide, grassy plain. A watchful mother zebra leads last night’s colt to water’s edge, instinctively peering into the murkiness for danger. Nearby, antelope a

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Wildcat Hills in Winter
Wildcat Hills in Winter

  By volume, the Wildcat Hills of the Nebraska Panhandle region make up a miniscule portion of our state’s total acreage.    But when measured in terms of sheer cliffs and sheer beauty, these silent, stoic, jagged escarpments more commonly attributed to rockier lo

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Snake River Adventure
Snake River Adventure

Its headwaters are 120 miles away in a Sheridan County wet meadow owned by media mogul Ted Turner. It moves in serpentine fashion through Cherry County’s grass-stabilized sand dunes then fills Merritt Reservoir, a 3,000-acre fishing and boating oasis in central Cherry County about 25 miles sou

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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 eve

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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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The Fossil Freeway
The Fossil Freeway

Visit the Fossil Freeway   WESTERN NEBRASKA is blessed with some of the great trails in American history, but only one of these routes takes you back millions of years. The roadblocks in these time travels are saber-toothed cats, king-sized cousins of the rhino, prehistoric pig

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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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Rick and Lucy's Country Gift Shop
Rick and Lucy's Country Gift Shop

Ricky & Lucy's Country Gift Shop Northeast of Sidney, visitors can find Ricky and Lucy’s Country Gift Shop. The owners are neither named Ricky nor Lucy. In 2003, Terri and Dan Wolff opened the business in a renovated 1800s era barn. Their organic farm offers herbs and spices, dips, medici

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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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Midwest Theater
Midwest Theater
Historic Midwest Theater

Historic Midwest Theater The historic Midwest Theater  is a grand, old movie palace of yesteryear in downtown Scottsbluff. For more information on Scottsbluff, contact Scotts Bluff County Tourism at 800-788-9475 or visit www.VisitScottsBluff.com.

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Fort Cody Trading Post
Fort Cody Trading Post

Photo by Steve & Bobbi Olson Stockades, Buffalo Bill Cody Memorabilia and Wild West Show!   While approaching North Platte from Interstate 80, one of the first landmarks seen is Fort Cody Trading Post. When viewed from the outside it looks like a frontier log stockade complete with aut

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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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Kimball Recreation Area & Four Winds Golf Course
Kimball Recreation Area & Four Winds Golf Course

Golf in Kimball Four Winds Golf Course is two miles east of town. The 18-hole green fee is good for as many holes you can play in a day. (308) 235-4241. For more information on Kimball, contact the Kimball/Banner County Chamber of Commerce on (308) 235-3782  or visit kimballne.org

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