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Love At First Drive In Nebraska

Posted on November 20, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesNo Comment

Chase the exodus of the sandhill cranes on this cushy haven precipitated in the history of resilient establishers settled here centuries ago.

The vicinity of Nebraska, especially the southern and central regions are scattered with ancient communities, conserved log cabinets, and several souvenirs, thus creating a bequest of pioneers in this terrain. Nebraska, known for the sights of sandhill cranes, is mostly due to this region. Witness the migrating blue and gray clusters of specks in the sky or on the land during the spring near the Platte River. Their favorite V arrangement while soaring high can be observed throughout the journey.

Mapping the drive

A voyage of over 280 miles begins from Aurora to the Grand Island on the west. Get motivated like author Willa Cather moving south toward Red Cloud and then, find your way to Kearney. Drive through the serene Pony Express way to reach North Platte.

Set in motion from Aurora

Before fastening your seatbelts visit the town of Aurora that lies to the southern boundary of Nebraska. You will encounter scores of historic monuments, Western souvenirs, and ancient edifices. Some of them are a blacksmith store, tiny-spaced college, a log hut, and a Victorian abode. If cinematography is what interests you, this is definitely a grand islandcity to spend few more hours. Dr. Harold Edgerton resided during his early days. If you don’t know much about him, he is the brain behind the growing the technology of photography used to capture the objects in tremendous motion. Some of these may even be your desktop wallpapers – a bullet causing explosion in an apple when hit or the tiara created when a drop plummets into tranquil water. If you are still not getting the illustration, visit for yourself the Edgerton Explorit Center that still displays his work.

Land of Grand Island

Drive the smooth tracks of U.S. 34 and route 281 toward west till you reach the town of Grand Island. This vicinity rejoices the annual carnival known as ‘March Wings Over the Platte’, which is the biggest sandhill crane-seeing occasion in the country. Visit the Stuhr Museum of Prairie Pioneer located nearby. This museum was premeditated by Edward Durell Stone that displays art shows and the ancient stories of the colonists from Great Plains. Next, go to the Railroad Town renovated in 1860 that consists of only 60 edifices and can be spotted in many movies as a beautiful landscape. Animal lovers, come in at Heritage Zoo that conserves wildlife of Nebraska like sandhill cranes and wolves.

Red Cloud of Willa Cather

To the south of Grand Island, drive on Route 34 to reach Hastings. Check out the Museum of Natural and Cultural red cloud nebraskaHistory to gape at the wildlife and artillery assortment. If along with kids, go to J.M. McDonald Planetarium. Zoom on route 281 in the direction of Red Cloud, which was where Willa Cather resided for 6 years. Stroll along the Willa Cather State Historic Site to witness the 8 structures referred in her novels. Also, her babyhood house has be altered to counterpart her character.


Drive north on Route 4, west on Route 10 and arrive at the stunning township of Minden. Along the way, you will also encounter the Harold Warp Pioneer Village which consists of only 28 edifices standing since early 18th Century. Glance at several coaches, vehicles, ancient kitchenware, and aircrafts poised from the ceiling.

Optional Kearney

Take route 10 and drive till you come across the signboard mentioning Kearney. In southern part of this settlement, lies the Fort Kearney Historical Park that was built in 1847. It is one of the best places to observe sandhill crane, apart from its patriotic history. Keep driving on Route 50A and 44, to find the Union Pacific Depot built in 1898 and the Trails and Rails Museum inside the depot. To the exterior are the structures from 19th century like a cathedral, a lodge, a schoolhouse, and a wood hut. The artworks and frescos by George Catlin and Thomas hart Benton are preserved by the Museum of Nebraska Art.

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Finally North Platte

Drive on U.S. Route 30 that runs beside Platte River. The Oregon National Historic Trail lies across Platte. This trail was once, around 1840, a path used by hundreds of colonists toward the country of Oregon. This was also a path on which the Pony Express riders tested their skills. One among them is the well-known showman Buffalo Bill. Don’t forget to visit the Sod Museum that permits visitors to view a breeding grass house, a shed, and a windmill. Next, direct your car toward North Platte. Bill Cody was actively involved in the warfare of Plains India, subsequent to which he started his celebrated shows on cowboy themes in 1883. Now Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park conserves the house which was regularly used by him to halt during the rides. Along with souvenirs of Bill Cody, this house also exhibits video recordings of Bill Cody and Thomas Edison in the broadcasting area. To revive the stories of World War II, visit the Lincoln County Historical Society Western Heritage Museum. The crowds of people traveling through the trains during the war were served food by the native inhabitants of North Platte. This food was cooked in the nearby canteen which can now be seen in the museum along with relics of Sioux ethnic group and war equipments. Some of the 1900’s edifices are also conserved by the museum.

Trip Tips

This tour of 280 miles can easily be driven within three days and is best enjoyed in the months from May till October. During this period, weather here is pleasurable and ideal for a drive. However, the months of March and April are more crowded as the sandhill cranes rests on the quagmire of Nebraska while migrating to northern regions. Don’t let the erratic weather ruin your drive. It’s always advisable to check the local climate of this area on before initiating your journey. Also, get more details of other attractions of Nebraska on and

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