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. The last part of the video zooms to barely see the Black Hills of South Dakota in the distance.
About an hour west of Chadron is Fort Robinson State Park. This 22,000 acre park offers many things to attract visitors. 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.