Photo by Alan J. Bartels

Photo by Alan J. Bartels

The community of Gordon was founded at the site of a solitary willow tree on the banks of the Antelope Creek. The lone tree served as a landmark for Indians and early pioneers and was a popular meeting place. The tree is still alive on the eastern edge of town. 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 ranching history for those who know how to read that unique language of the range. Relics featured here include antique furniture, dental equipment, ranching tools and barbed wire.
The museum is open 1-5 p.m. daily, June 1-Sept. 15, and by appointment. (308) 282-0887.

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 Scamahorn. It is on west Fifth Street in Wayland Park. The museum is open 1-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday from Memorial Day-Labor Day. (308) 282-1737 or
(308) 327-2917.

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, “Old Jules” Sandoz, long ago. Her relatives still work cattle and the land in the region today.

For more information about Gordon, contact the Gordon Tourist Information Center. (308) 282-0730.