ATTRACTIONS

In 1996, six of the most-visited places in Nebraska were:

  • Fort Robinson State Park
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument
  • Arbor Lodge State Historical Park & Museum
  • Carhenge
  • Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer
  • Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park.

Fort Robinson

In the state's Pine Region, Fort Robinson is the place where Chief Crazy Horse surrendered after the Battle of the Little Bighorn.  Today, with some 50 original structures still standing, this landmark is part of a 22,000-acre state park.  Frontier artifacts are displayed in the former post headquarters.

Scotts Bluff

In the mid-1800s, when covered wagons rolled west, more than 250,000 people passed Scotts Bluff, near Gering.  The bluff sits 800 feet above the prairie.  One can view special exhibits about the Oregon Trail at the museum.  It is also possible to drive to the top of the bluff.

Arbor Lodge

Arbor Lodge, in Nebraska City, is the home of J. Sterling Morton, who founded Arbor Day.  The site is an arboretum with more than 250 species of trees and shrubs.

Carhenge

Located near the town of Alliance is Carhenge, a sculpture made out of automobiles.  It is modeled after England's Stonehenge.

Stuhr Museum

At the Stuhr Museum is Railroad Town, a town re-created in accordance with the plans of a rail company.  Nearby is a collection of antique cars and farm machinery.

Buffalo Bill Ranch

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was said to embody the traditional “rags-to-riches” story.  After working as a Pony Express rider and serving in the Civil War, Cody became a buffalo hunter for railroad construction crews.  He gained a reputation as a skilled marksman and started a theater act.  At his ranch in North Platte in 1882, Cody organized a rodeo event that evolved into the Wild West Show.  He performed in the show for 30 years.  Today, visitors to the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park can see various artifacts and memorabilia.

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