This part of Nebraska was a tough place to live during the mid-1800's.
We made a stop at the Dawson County Historical Museum in Lexington. These local museums are always so interesting. The items on display were all donated by local families. Here are some photos of just a small part of the exhibit.
|From an old diner on the Lincoln Highway|
We continued west to Cozad which, per a sign, is proudly located on the 100th meridian. We went to Cozad to see the original Pony Express station building.
From Cozad we continued west to North Platte. We particularly wanted to see the Union Pacific's Bailey Yard. It's the largest train yard in the world.
|The 8 story observation tower|
|This repair facility handles everything from complete overhauls to light bulb changing.|
|This photo didn't come out very well but it's tells the story of how orphan children from big cities were sent out west to be, hopefully, adopted by farming families who desperately needed the help.|
The plan was to spend the night at the city campground but it doesn't open until May 1st so we're at the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park campground. $18/night.
Nebraska is a fascinating state.