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Sand Hills, Nebraska

Gentle rivers meander along pine-studded canyons, towering waterfalls and a veritable ocean of prairie grasses alongside America's largest man-made forest, a wildlife refuge of gigantic proportions and cattle ranches that are better comprehended from the air than the ground. It's a wide-open landscape. A landscape that inspired Mari Sandoz to produce some of this country's finest fiction. A landscape you'll enjoy exploring by car or canoe.


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Centennial Hall and Museum

The bond issue to build the Valentine Public School was approved in February 1897. It was designed by Omaha architect Charles F. Beindorff, and construction was completed in 1898. The two-story brick structure

Valentine, NE Museums

Post Office Mural - NHR

The former Valentine United States Post Office, constructed in 1936-37, is a one-story, brick and limestone Modernistic style building. While the building retains a high degree of integrity, its national historical significance derives

Valentine, NE National Register

Arthur Bowring Sandhills Ranch Historical Park

Ever wonder what ranch life was like during the settlement of the Sandhills in the late 1800's? A visit to the Arthur Bowring Sandhills State Historical Park will let you see

Valentine, NE Museums

Deer Park Golf Club

Deer Park is a scenic nine-hole golf course overlooking the Minnecheduza Creek

Valentine, NE Recreation

Keller Park Camping

An ideal get-away-from-it-all spot for campers, as well, camping enthusiasts

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National Wildlife Refuges

One of the world's unique geological areas,k the 19,000-square-mile Sandhills in north-central Nebraska is a vast region of sand dunes blown in by winds about 8,000 years ago. The nearby unchartable maze of grass-covered dunes scared away early pioneers.

Valentine, NE Wildlife Refuges

Cowboy Trail

By the late 1800s, the United States saw railroad tracks stretched, like a giant web, across its entirety, carrying cargo and travelers towards settlement in the West. Long silenced, abandoned, and almost forgotten, a hundred years later the rails are beginning to see travelers once again. They'

Ainsworth, NE Recreation

Scott Lookout Tower

You can see the trees and beautiful sand hills countryside for miles when you climb to the top of the Scott Lookout Tower. Visitors may view the sandhills scenery and tree plantations as well as learn about forest fire spotting techniques. The stairway to the observation deck is steep;

Thedford, NE

Thomas County Courthouse

Following the establishment of Thomas County, Thedford became the county seat in 1887, and a courthouse was built two years later. The courthouse served the county well until it was destroyed in a fire in 1920. After some delays a special election was held in 1923

Thedford, NE Historic Courthouses

Niobrara Canoeing

Recognized among the 10 top canoeing rivers in the nation by Backpacker magazine, the Niobrara River flows leisurely through steep sandstone canyons. Nebraskans also rank the river, designated a National Scenic River by Congress in 1991, in the top 10 favorite tourists stops in the state.

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Ainsworth, NE Recreation

Keya Paha Historical Society Museum

The Keya Paha Historical Society welcomes you to experience 100 years of County history come to life, by beginning your visit at this unique museum in Springview. Here, inquire about guided tours, lectures, and historical events of the county.

The building, listed on the

Springview, NE Museums

Keller Park Picnicking/Hiking

Picnic facilities are available for day use, while there is a large picnic shelter for family gatherings and other group get-together. Hikers, too, will enjoy this exceptional area, as they meander through the grasslands and canyons. There'

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