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May 2016
Potter
Potter

Potter Duckpin Bowling Alley   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 buildings, Potte

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Keystone
Keystone

  East of Kingsley Dam, Keystone is home to a most unique church. Built in 1908, the Little Church of Keystone is the result of cooperation and ingenuity. The town was too small for two churches, so this one was built as a combined Catholic/Protestant church. It has a Catholic altar at one end

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Henry
Henry

Henry is Nebraska’s westernmost town. One mile south, Stateline Island is part of the North Platte National Wildlife Refuge. The 130-acre refuge is a bird watching mecca. One mile east of Henry is the place where in 1847 Brigham Young called a special prayer circle on behalf of the westbound

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Morrill
Morrill

Photo by Christopher Amundson In 1851, 10,000 Plains Indians from 10 tribes met government officials near Horse Creek to form a treaty. Never in recorded history had so many gathered at one spot on the Plains. From the government’s perspective, the treaty’s purpose was to ensure safe

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Mitchell
Mitchell

Mitchell is the usual point of departure for travelers bound for the world-renowned Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, 30 miles north of the community on Highway 29. Hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities abound in this scenic area of varied terrain. Other recreational activities include a m

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Gering
Gering

Photo by Steve and Bobbi Olson   Facts are scarce when it comes to knowing anything about Hiram Scott. Legends abound about the fur trapper who died in 1828 near the bluff that came to bear his name, and historians argue over the real story of his demise. And though Scotts Bluff National

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Scottsbluff
Scottsbluff

Photo by Alan J. Bartels Visiting Scottsbluff can be a wildly fun experience. You would expect to find wild animals in the rugged country around Scottsbluff, and you will. Elk, pronghorn, mule deer, bighorn sheep, bobcats and even an occasional mountain lion are seen here. You wouldn’t ex

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Minatare
Minatare

Photo by Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston Lake Minatare isn’t so large that it needs a lighthouse. It has one anyway offering an 360-degree lake view. It was built by the Veterans Conservation Corps, a New Deal agency that provided jobs to unemployed veterans. (308) 783-2911. Located seven m

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Bayard
Bayard

  Photo by Jorn Olsen   Visible to wagon trains from several days away, Chimney Rock’s 120-foot spire was unlike anything Oregon Trail pioneers had ever seen. The landmark’s story is told at the Ethel and Christopher J. Abbott Visitor Center at Chimney Rock National Hist

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Bridgeport
Bridgeport

Photo by Christopher Amundson Courthouse Rock and Jail Rock are prominent in pioneer history and ancient legends. Courthouse Rock got its name because of its blocky shape. Oregon Trail migrants thought it looked like a courthouse; the smaller formation nearby was ther

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Lisco & Broadwater
Lisco & Broadwater

Photo by Rick Neibel/Nebraska Tourism Ancient Bluff Ruins is the most extensive bluff formation on the north side of the North Platte River. The buttes were named by Mormon Pioneers who thought they resembled European castles. 

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Oshkosh
Oshkosh

Photo by Nebraska Tourism Summer is the peak season for Western Nebraska tourism, but Oshkosh is also popular during the fall and winter months. Oshkosh is known the world over as the Goose Hunting Capital of Nebraska. Several local hunting outfitters accommodate sportsmen from around the world.

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Lewellen
Lewellen

  Photo by Stephen R. Jones Windlass Hill at Ash Hollow State Park carries scars from countless wagons that made the steep descent into the North Platte Valley. Abundant water and trees made it a favorite resting place. The park is 1 1/2 miles southeast of Lewellen on Highway 26. The

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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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Oshkosh Museum
Oshkosh Museum

Museum Features Fossils and Stuffed Bird Collection The museum has the Silverhill Theatre at 501 W. First St., and the Rock School, a century-old stone schoolhouse at 215 W. Avenue G. The museum houses pioneer and Native American artifacts, fossils and a stuffed bird collection of more than 3

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Oshkosh Swimming & Golf
Oshkosh Swimming & Golf

Swim and Play Golf in Oshkosh Other local attractions include the Oshkosh Swimming Pool, 200 E. First St., which offers free swimming in a heated pool; the Oshkosh Country Club, a nine-hole course near the North Platte River, one mile south of town on Highway 27; and the Garden County Museum.&nbs

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Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy Wildlife at Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge Oshkosh also is a point of departure for Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located deep in the remote and beautiful Sandhills Lakes country. The 46,000-acre refuge is 30 miles north of Oshkosh and includes 21 shallow and scenic natura

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Goose Hunting Capital of Nebraska
Goose Hunting Capital of Nebraska

Goose Hunting Capital of Nebraska Summer is the peak season for Western Nebraska tourism, but Oshkosh is also popular in fall. It’s the Goose Hunting Capital of Nebraska.  Several local hunting outfitters accommodate sportsmen from around the world. For more information, contact the O

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Art & 17 Ranch Winery
Art & 17 Ranch Winery

Winery Tour and Art Galleries Near Lake McConaughy Lewellen, at the west end of Lake McConaughy, features The Most Unlikely Place, a 1908 silent movie theater that is now a cafe. The owner roller skates about the maple floor, serving visitors surrounded by high-end art. On that same Main Street y

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