Nebraska's Cowboy Trail: A User's Guide by Keith Terry

By Keith Terry

The Chicago & Northwestern railroad’s “Cowboy Line” used to be lively for multiple hundred years—delivering gold from the Black Hills, transporting cattle from the ranches within the West, and wearing passengers via northern Nebraska. Now the 321-mile-long rail line is being remade into Nebraska’s first country leisure path which, while accomplished, becomes the nation’s longest rail-to-trail conversion.  Nebraska’s Cowboy path: A User’s consultant is the fundamental spouse for somebody making plans to hike, motorbike, or journey horseback at the Cowboy sport and Nature path, which at present extends from Norfolk to Valentine and should finally stretch all of the solution to Chadron. the path runs via various groups, incorporates a number of makes use of, and gives an up-close examine the ecology of the nice Plains—a view too simply ignored whilst dashing via in a automobile. Keith Terry’s guidebook complements appreciation of the trail’s usual merits with descriptions of the region’s wildlife and with tips for meals, accommodation, and camping out. He additionally offers short narratives approximately historic occasions that happened alongside the direction. This consultant illuminates a old hall of the nice Plains and should heighten the path user’s event. (20080407)

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Continue traveling west and shortly you’ll arrive in Battle Creek. Of all of the towns along the path, I think the people here have done the best job of marketing their community to trail users. At the point where the trail intersects the main road into town, there are signs that face the route and point the way to the grocery store, the pool, parks, and the library where one can access e-mail. As you approach the main road into town, Fourth Street, you’ll pass a few tall, gray, cylindrical grain bins on your left, or south.

26 Sunrise Park will be one of the first places you’ll come to when arriving in Tilden. It’s on the left or south side of the trail and is accessed via a short wooden bridge. This campground is microscopically small but clean and has running water, flush toilets, a picnic shelter, and grills. The cost is $6 per day, and you can sign in at the city clerk’s office. The Tilden depot was just west of Center Street; watch for a narrow brick building with a white metal roof. ” The station was positioned between this structure and the trail in what is now an open area with a gravelly base.

The place is small and simple and has a couple of covered picnic shelters, a pit toilet, and a spartan campground. For stays of a few days, there is no set fee for camping, but a donation can be made to the village clerk at 208 Main Street. There is a Sinclair gas station with a tiny selection of drinks and snack food located at the intersection of 1st Street and Highway 275. The Café is on 275 between 3rd and 4th streets. There are no hotels or B&Bs in Meadow Grove, so be prepared to camp if you decide to overnight here.

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