Nebraska | Northwest Corner

by Jim and Melanie

We stopped in Chadron, Nebraska, for advice about what to see and do. The young woman at the information office suggested Chadron State Park 10 miles to the south. We drove to the highest point in the park and hiked a short distance to a scenic overlook to the northwest. The views were very nice, unlike those from interstate highways.Β The last part of the video zooms to barely see the Black Hills of South Dakota in the distance.

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About an hour west of Chadron is Fort Robinson State Park. This 22,000 acre park offers many things to attract visitors.Β It operated as a fort from the mid-1800s until after World War II. It was the site of the 1879 Cheyenne Outbreak. The famed Sioux Chief Crazy Horse died there. The fort served the Red Cloud Indian Agency, as a cavalry remount station, K-9 dog training center, POW camp and beef research station. It was established as a state park in 1962.

In the evening, we drove a short distance to see the rock formations and the herd of grazing bison on the park property.

To get to the campground, we drove through a small stream 10 inches deep and parked next to this old cemetery. Many years ago historians found the cemetery was not maintained and overrun with weeds. The stream we crossed was prone to flooding the plots. Using old records and tombstones, remains were relocated and buried in a more suitable location. The cemetery grounds are still maintained for historical purposes. It was a very quiet place to spend the night.


16 thoughts on “Nebraska | Northwest Corner

  1. BJ Good

    Out in the middle of nowhere – a place to bring – from across the Atlantic Ocean in North Africa battles – German POW’s. Interesting fact about Ft Robinson as a POW camp from the NE State Historical Society.

    “In November 1942 planning began to build a one-thousand-man camp at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. The fort was selected because prisoners could help maintain the post and its thousands of remount horses and mules. Shortly after the camp’s initial construction was completed, two more compounds to hold an additional two thousand men were added. By war’s end the camp consisted of 160 temporary “Theater of Operations” buildings, with a capacity of three thousand inmates, and several hundred military guards, interpreters, and other camp personnel.”

    Travel the way you guys do it is so great – history and outdoor environment learning!

    1. Jim R Post author

      Thank you, BJ, for that gem of info. I never would have guessed the fort had such a long history. Seems it would have been only active during the mid to late 1800s. Not so.

  2. underswansea

    Hi Jim. Wonderful post! Enjoyed the video and the wide angle shot at the start of the post. It looks like incredible country. It also looks like you and Melanie travel light just like Lisa and I. No travel trailers or RV’s that take an acre and a gallon of gas to turn around. Good for you. I am looking forward to more posts documenting your trip. Bob

    1. Melanie McNeil

      We do try to travel light. When flying we usually each have one small suitcase, carry-on size, no matter how long we’ll be gone. It doesn’t always work well (sometimes we take too much!) but it’s always a good goal.

    2. Jim R Post author

      Thank you, Bob. We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the countryside was there.

      We do travel light. Last Sept, we went to Scotland for almost 3 weeks. We each packed a carry on suitcase and I carried a small backpack. Even then, we had more than enough. You know, they have laundry facilities and stores in Europe. Amazing. πŸ™‚

  3. Eliza Waters

    Interesting rock formations. I always like to know the geology of areas I travel to, natural history is oftentimes more interesting (and longer) than human history.

    1. Melanie McNeil

      I love the rocks!! I think I was meant to be a geologist, but that’s not the direction my life took. At this point I probably won’t ever study it seriously, but I always enjoy looking at the formations, the lines and layers, the tilts…

  4. Mrs. P

    There is something awe inspiring about pristine nature. Beautiful post…I’ve always wanted to see wild buffalo.

    1. Jim R Post author

      It is good to see those places. And, one day you should arrange to see some. They might be closer than you think to your location.

      1. Mrs. P

        Actually, I do know of some place near me…seems every time I make the trip the beasts are in hiding…but I’ll keep trying. 😁

  5. shoreacres

    Now, that’s a droll and amusing line with which to end your post: ” It was a very quiet place to spend the night.” Actually, it looks lovely, and the interesting history was a plus.

    It occurred to me just this morning that we more often get overviews of our country from east to west. I’m sure part of that’s because that’s how the history unfolded, as explorers and settlers moved into the land from east to west. But it’s fascinating to see the changes longitudinally: for example, north from western Kansas, through Nebraska, to the Dakotas. I’ve never done a trip like that. Now, I’m pondering.


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