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 Ash Hollow Pageant is on Father’s Day weekend. (308) 778-5548.

West of town 1 1/2 miles along Highway 26 is the Blue Water Battlefield marker. It marks the site of an Army raid that destroyed a Lakota village.

Lewellen, at the west end of Lake McConaughy, features The Most Unlikely Place, a 1908 silent-movie theater that is now a cafe and art gallery. Just south on Main Street is 17 Ranch Winery.