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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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Waterman Sod House

The Wallace W. and Libby King Waterman sod house was built about 1886. The original dwelling had three rooms. In 1925, it was enlarged and remodeled by Virgil and Helen Burke Waterman, and the sod walls were covered with concrete. The family lived in the house until 1989

Chappell, NE National Register

Mitchell Pass

Following the opening or rediscovery of the Platte River route to the west by the fur traders and mountain men of the 1820's and 1830'

Gering, NE Pioneer Life

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

Cresent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge is part of a nationwide system established for the preservation of waterfowl. The 48,000-acre refuge is approximately 30

Oshkosh, NE Wildlife Refuges

Historic Lewellen State Aid Bridge

The Lewellen State Aid Bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Garden County Commissioners first applied for state aid to build bridges over the North Platte River at Lewellen and Oshkosh in July 1916

Lewellen, NE Historic Bridges

Garlock Cabin

In early 2001, the North Platte Valley Museum embarked on an ambitious project to move part of a 113 year-old cabin from it's original "home" in Gering, Nebraska several blocks to the inside exhibition area of the Museum. Construction on the cabin began in 1887

Gering, NE Pioneer Life

Monument Shadows Golf Course

The City of Gering boasts a fantastic 18-hole course golf course with Bent Grass fairways and Bluegrass greens. The golf course also has a driving range, a clubhouse, and additional cart storage.

Gering, NE Golf Courses


Five Rocks Amphitheater

The Five Rocks Amphitheater and pavilion houses bands and other open-air entertainment in the summer months, as well as Thursday night movies with a "drive-in"-like atmosphere. Tickets for Five Rocks Events are available at the City of Gering offices, 1025 "P" Street.

Gering, NE Theatres

Brookside Farm

The Brookside farm (also known as the Gridley-Howe-Faden-Atkins Farmstead), illustrates an historically typical farmstead evolution in Nebraska. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Kimball, NE Historic Homes

Oliver SRA Camp Areas

Nearly all of the established recreation facilities are located on the north shore of the lake and are accessible from U.S. 30

, NE Camping

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