Nebraska Backroads to the Reservation
Trip Start ??? ??, 2005
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You may think that Nebraska is mainly Farmland...and you're right! However, there is so much besides farms to see here. But I digress...We began early in the morning filling the cooler with ice and soda (yes, soda.) Filled our coffee cups and eagerly headed for the Hills! (When I say "we" I am referring to myself and a travel partner and friend, Rose.)
The Omaha to Chadron trip (No stops) is approx 7 1/2 hours. But we knew there WOULD be stops! We decided to take I-80 through Nebraska. So our journey begins.
We decided to first stop in Grand Island, so we took a little turn onto US-281 N/ US-34 E/ TOM OSBORNE EXPY. Two hours later, we arrive. Grand Island is a lovely little town with a population of approximately 4,000. Detailed information on all the Grand Island Sights can be found at http://www.visitgrandisland.com/.
I would suggest if you have the time, you visit the Stuhr Museum. Both educational and fun, it offers a trip to the past. It does take some time to go through the museum, so please allow time. This trip, we didn't stop but turned onto Hwy 2 (which is one of the 10 most scenic Highways in the US.) Here we saw some of the most incredible, awesome scenery we could have imagined! Here is one view of the Byway:
Our next stop was Broken Bow, Nebraska. This is home to many rodeo and fair activities. This is a favorite stop on the River City Round Up. There are even (6) Internet "Hot-spots" in Broken Bow (3 of them being motels.) Yes, you can access the Internet Superhighway via Byway 2 in Nebraska! I can't emphasize enough the beauty of these locations. From Grasslands, to Sand-hills, to Badlands...You'll see it all.
Next Stop; Halsey, Nebraska. Halsey boasts the largest man-made forest in the United States, and it is gorgeous! There are (in the summer) Kids games, trail-walks, Hiking, Fishing, Canoing and includes 300 miles of off road trails for AT V's and Horses.
Pressing for time, we went on through to Alliance, NE. We just had to see "it." By "It" I mean Car henge. This whimsical slice of "Americana" is truly a sight! A replica of England's Stonehenge, it has been classified and debated as both art, and junk. Unique and interesting to see, although there is supposed to be a little "watering hole" there but the building was boarded up! If you are on the Byway, it is worth the stop.
From here, we hopped on 385 and headed up to Chadron. This leg of the trip lasted only an hour. Chadron is a wonderful little town as well. The landscaping is a hallmark of natural manicured wonder. Chadron is a college town, There is a lot of "Old West" history in Chadron. From here, you can see "Pine Ridge," which stretches from Outside Chadron, into South Dakota.
Once across into South Dakota, we headed over to the reservation. The Pine Ridge Reservation is so vast, it is an entry in and of itself. This was truly a splendid trip with a good deal of history and scenery. I am never disappointed by my Nebraska/South Dakota travels!