Trails West Region, Nebraska

Scottsbluff Oshkosh Chappell Bayer Gering Bridgeport Kimball Sidney Harrisburg

Tour some of the most spectacular terrain within the state as you relive the days of the pioneers along the Oregon and Mormon Trails. The North Platte River yields life-giving irrigation to keep fields green and fertile. The lush cropland contrasts sharply with the rugged buttes and table land that signal the beginning of mountainous terrain to the west.

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Garden County Courthouse

Garden County Courthouse Listed in the National Register of Historical Places [GD03-003] Listed 1990/01/10 In an election held in 1909, Deuel County voters approved the creation of Garden County and the older county lost three-fourths of its territory. Oshkosh was established in 1889

Oshkosh, NE Historic Courthouses

Mick Evertson Arboretum

Nebraska is known as the Arbor State and Kimball has it's own arboretum which is unique to the area. The Mick Evertson arboretum has over 125

Kimball, NE Aboretums

Phelps Hotel

The Phelps Hotel is typical of many hotels erected during the late nineteenth century in western Nebraska. The building is Deuel County's oldest hotel, constructed in 1885 by the Edwin A. Phelps family, who were among the first settlers in the Big Springs vicinity.

Chappell, NE Famous Homes

Gotte Park & City Park

Kimball's two parks offer just about everything that you could want in a city park. Gotte Park

Kimball, NE Recreation

W.H. Jackson Collection

William Henry Jackson, frontier photographer and artist, was an early photographer of the American West, as well as an accomplished artist. He traveled the Oregon-California Trail in 1866 and 1867

Gering, NE Arts

History of Ash Hollow

Archaeological excavations in Ash Hollow indicate that early man used the area as much as 6,000 years ago. A small rock shelter in the side of the bluff near the park visitor center was used as a campsite by later Plains Indians for about 3,000

Oshkosh, NE

Banner County Museum

One of the best-kept secrets in the Nebraska Panhandle is the Banner County Museum. This museum is considered the crown jewel of museums in the area and houses hundreds of artifacts and articles from prehistoric times to the sod buster days. 10

Harrisburg, NE Museums

Wildcat Hills Nature Center

In October 1995 The new Wilcat Hills Nature Center was opened. The construction of the Nature Center was a colaborative effort between a group of local civic and educational leaders and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The center'

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The Hollman Grave Historical Marker

It has been estimated that at least 20,000 persons died on the overland trail between 1842 and 1859. This averages ten graves per miles over the 2,000 mile trail. Of the hundreds that died while crossing Nebraska, only seven identifiable graves remain.

Oshkosh, NE Historical Markers

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