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Crawford, Nebraska

Crawford, Nebraska

Welcome to Crawford, Nebraska! The Garden Beyond the Sandhills. Whether in Crawford for business, recreation or raising a family, Crawford truly is a garden of opportunity! Located in the scenic Pine Ridge of Northwest Nebraska, it is just three miles east of Fort Robinson State Park and 50 miles south of the Black Hills of South Dakota. U.S. Highway 20 and State Highway 71-2 intersect at Crawford.

Crawford was established in 1886 as the Fremont Elkhorn Railroad pushed west. Located at the edge of a military post, Crawford was rough and rowdy in its early days. Tales of "shoot outs" and revelry fill the towns early history. An enterprising city editor obtained signatures from fort soldiers so he would have the number needed to file for the incorporation for the town. Named for a soldier stationed at the fort who was killed in Mexico about the time the town was organized, many streets in Crawford also carry the names of soldiers. Now a peaceful city, Crawford is home to more than 1,150 people.

Fort Robinson, whose existence has greatly influenced the history of Crawford, served the West for more than 70 years. Its activities include the breeding and training of horses for the army and later for the Olympic equestrian teams. Many horses and mules were shipped overseas to Italy, Burma and other locations. During World War II, it expanded to train dogs for wartime duty. Fort Robinson was also one of 20 prisoner of war camps located in Nebraska. The prisoners worked on farms in the area, taking the places of the young men who had gone to the service. Deactivated in 1948, Fort Robinson is now a state park, with many buildings restored as a part of the State Historical Society's out-state museum system. Tourism plays a sizable part of the local economy.

Known as "The Little Badlands of Nebraska," it is a popular rock and fossil hunting area. The Northwest Nebraska Rock Club of Crawford hosts yearly shows in August.

Crawford's annual rodeo was started in 1945 as a fund raiser to build the Crawford Hospital. In 1949 the date was moved to July 3rd and 4th. The rodeo became a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event early in its history and since 1979 the purses have been raised to attract nationally known contestants. Starting with Fort Robinson's centennial in 1974, the Western Art Show is also held during this event and a big parade on the morning of the Fourth.

Lover's Leap Vineyard, one of only three wineries located in the state, is located in Crawford!

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Legend Buttes Golf Course

Legend Buttes Golf Course has been designated by the World Herald as one of the best 18 golf courses in Nebraska. The 3,178 yard, 36

Crawford, NE Golf Courses

Dawes County Historical Museum

The Dawes County Historical Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the northwest portion of Nebraska it calls home. The Museum grounds include the log house and barn, 1890s school house, pioneer church and C and NW caboose. The 9,000

Crawford, NE Museums

Chadron State Park

Nebraska's oldest state park (1921), Chadron might well be the best kept secret of the state park system. With the majestic beauty of the Pine Ridge as its backdrop, Chadron covers 974 acres of natural beauty to awe any visitor. Located off U.S. 385

Crawford, NE Recreation

Hudson-Meng Bison Kill

When Albert Meng was preparing to build a pond in the early 1950

Crawford, NE Archaeology

Bordeaux Trading Post

From about 1857 to 1876, an Indian "trading post" occupied a site near here. Built by James Bordeaux, the trading station was often attacked and set afire by hostile Crow warriors. Fortunately some friendly Sioux Indians came to the rescue and drove off the attacking Crow.

Crawford, NE Pioneer Life

Things to do near Crawford, NE

Pine Ridge National Recreation Area

6,600 acres for semi-primitive recreation. No motorized vehicles. Mountain bikes permitted. ...

Dawes County Historical Society Museum

Genealogy & history research library, log house & barn, school, church & caboose, memorial gateway, county records books on i...