Nebraska

Death and Danger on the Oregon Trail!

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Windlass Hill

The first real hill to descend……. Some pioneers chose not use the device that made their wagons “skid” down windlass hill (see video) and instead took a 15 mile detour around this bluff.

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California Hill

The first real “hill” since the pioneers arrived in the Platte River Valley. The hill was named after those pioneers who were going to California.

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The Platte River!

The Platte River Basin was the “road” for 250,000+ emmigrants to settle the Western United States. Even today, highways and trains follow the same route up the Platte that the pioneers took in the 1840’s and 50’s.

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Huge Tumbleweeds!

Why do they call these things “TUMBLE Weeds”?

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Pony Express stations, equipment, and a word from our sponsor!

Lasting only 18 months, the Pony Express has left us with a memory of the Wild West……

An “old timer” just told me that the horses for the Pony Express were so wild that the Pony Express Station fences were shaped like a triangle instead of a square, so that they could catch the ponies in the corners more easily!

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Sod house inside and out!

Taylor at the Kearney Sod House display walks us through the “ins” and “outs” of the Sod House.

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Sod Houses are COOL….. Really, they are Cool!

This is video shot over the course of my travels through Kansas and Nebraska. This is an example of how people adapt to their environments…… no wood, no problem!

A link to information and pictures on how a sod house was built, decorated, and heated. Lots of other info, documents, pictures, and even lessons from the “Women of the West Museum” / Autry (Gene Autry) National Center of the American West: Click Here

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Buffalo Abuse!

After slapping a buffalo on the rear, I was put in the North Platte Jail!

 

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Blue Birds in Nebraska? You Bet!

In Oak, Nebraska, I met some Bluebird Farmers!

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