Nebraska's Wild West
This is a rich land with dreams. Even when danger filled the Lonesome Dove air from Ogallala's rough and tumble cattle drives to the notorious Sidney to Deadwood Trail, dreams lived on. There were gold miners tossing cash all about Sidney as if that fast fortune would last forever. And when North Platte asked a local scout to put on a Fourth of July blowout, William F. Cody dreamed up his globe-trotting Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
But cowboys in their wildest dreams couldn't have dreamed of Lake McConaughy, a magical Sandhills Sea. Nebraska's biggest and most serene lake is 35,000 enchanting acres with 100 shoreline miles of white sandy beaches and cottonwoods. This dream journey opens new horizons past Big Springs, where rolling hills carry on to the open range west toward Sidney and Kimball. Every turn is another postcard, where the west is still wild.
Buffalo Bill State Historical Park
Buffalo Bill State Historical Park
While approaching North Platte from Interstate 80, one of the first landmarks seen is Fort Cody Trading Post.
Fort Cody is an old-fashioned roadside attraction. Outside it looks like a log stockade; inside it is a combination gift shop and museum, with Buffalo
Lodgepole Depot Museum
Train Depot, Railroad Museum and History in Lodgepole
The Lodgepole Depot Museum, on the corner of McCall Street & Bates Boulevard, displays horse buggies, antique furniture, pony express items and historical clothing inside the an old train depot.
Open by appointment. (308) 483-5353.
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
Nebraska's "Cowboy Capital"
The Cowboy Capital of Nebraska
Ogallala was the “Gomorrah of the cattle trail,” wrote Andy Adams, a trail driver who first saw the community in 1875. In the 1870s and 1880s, Ogallala was the end of the trail as cowboys drove herds of longhorns up from Texas to be shipped east on the U
Cabela's - World's Foremost Outfitter
Cabela's - Connecting Sidney with the USA
The community of 6,900 residents is best known as the home of Cabela’s, a locally-owned business that began on a kitchen table and now bills itself as the “World’s Foremost Outfitter.” Visible for miles, the green-and-gold water to
Lake McConaughy Visitor & Water Interpretive Center
Nebraska's First Water Museum!
The Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center is on the south side of the lake, nine miles north of Ogallala on Highway 61. Nebraska’s first water museum interprets the significance of water to Nebraska’s past, present and future. The center includ
Potter's Pasture Mountain Bike Trail
Mountain Biking in Western Nebraska
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL fall Sunday afternoon at Potter’s Pasture. Four riders on mountain bikes are lined up, adrenaline pumping, ready to begin the Ride-Run-Ride biathlon. Steve Potter, the honorary starter with two cracked ribs, hoarsely calls BIKERS
America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial
Celebrate Military Men and Women
Located just south of I-80, America’s 20th Century Veterans’ Memorial honors all military men and women of the past century. A brick bas-relief sculpture depicts major wars from World War I to the Persian Gulf. Larger-than-life-size bronze statues depi
Railroad History - Point of Rocks & Buffalo Bend
Longest Creek In the World?
Three miles east of Potter on U.S. Highway 30 is the historic Point of Rocks, where railroad crews laying the Union Pacific line east of Potter clashed with Indians.
The altercations provided the impetus to establish Fort Sidney. The track here, called Buffalo Ben
Waterman Sod House
Pioneers Built and Lived In Sod Houses
Western Nebraska is sod house country. The Waterman Sod House is among the last of the old-time sod houses still standing. It is five miles north of Big Springs on Day Road.
For more information, contact the Big Springs Chamber of Commerce at (308) 889-3
Ole's Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge
Breakfast, Burgers and Big Game Mounts
Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse began as a bar in downtown Paxton. Through the years, owner Ole Herstedt decorated it with more than 200 big game trophies. Great food and drink accompany the menagerie.
War Memorial - Legion Park & Memorial Gardens
Tallest Flagpole in Nebraska!
Twenty-nine Sidney buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Sidney is the only Western Nebraska city with a “Historic District” designation. When a local man suggested erecting a flagpole for the War Memorial in Legion Park and Memorial
Protecting the Railroad in Sidney from Attack!
Sidney Barracks was established in 1867 to protect Union Pacific Railroad track layers from attack. In 1869, the post was relocated to the present site at Sidney. The following year it was renamed Fort Sidney and was active through the Indian wars. At
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
Bailey Yard & the Golden Spike
Visit Bailey Yard - the World's Largest Railroad Classification yard
In 1995, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard as the world’s largest railroad classification yard. It has since grown by 25 percent. It stretches eight miles and covers nearly 3,0
Feather River Vineyards
Wine Tasting in Nebraska
The area’s geological history is part of the flavor of Feather River Vineyards, where the mineral-rich soil produces distinctive grapes for its new wines. There’s a tasting room for sampling each variety, and the purchase of bottles of your favorites and other
Lincoln County Historical Museum
North Platte Canteen Display and Prairie Village
The North Platte Canteen is commemorated at the Lincoln County Historical Museum. The World War II canteen met every train and fed the service men and women who passed through the depot – about 6 million in all. The museum also features a villa
Chappell Memorial Art Gallery
Fine Art in Chappell
The reproductions at the Chappell Memorial Art Gallery are so good that they were long thought to be Rembrandt originals. The gallery is part of the Chappell Public Library, 289 Babcock.
For more information, call Chappell Tourist Information at (308) 874-2401 or visit ww
Eiker Park - Springs & Walking Trails
Hiking Big Springs and the Union Pacific Train Robbery
Heading west from Ogallala on I-80, you’ll come to Big Springs. The first and largest robbery of a Union Pacific train happened here in 1877. Texas outlaw Sam Bass and five companions made off with $60,000 in gold and currency. Some say