Take the Scenic Route
One of Northwest Nebraska’s biggest assets is its scenery. Appropriately, the region is accessible by two of America’s specially-designated Scenic Byways.
The 385 Gold Rush Scenic Byway traverses the 131 miles between Chadron and Sidney, taking visitors over the same terrain followed by miners seeking gold in the Black Hills. The discovery of gold and the failure of the Army to enforce a treaty reserving the Black Hills for the Sioux Indians led to the Gold Rush. During this time period in the late 1800s, it was common for $200,000 in gold shipments to travel over the Sidney-Deadwood Trail en route to the railroad. The 385 Gold Rush Byway follows a similar path through Nebraska, providing travelers panoramic views of national forests and unique geology. Stops along the way include interesting museums, such as the Dawes County Historical Museum, and outdoor recreational opportunities like Chadron State Park and the Ridgeview Country Club golf course. In the future, plans call for a portion of the 385 Gold Rush Byway to be expanded as part of the Heartland Expressway connecting South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado and the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor crossing the U.S. from Canada to Mexico.
The Bridges to Buttes Scenic Byway carries visitors over the northern most portion of Central and Northwest Nebraska. After enjoying the views of the high bridges
near Valentine and the famous Nebraska Sandhills in central Nebraska, travelers can head west and find themselves gazing up at towering buttes of Northwest Nebraska that prove the state is anything but flat. The byway provides access to a frontier military post at Fort Robinson State Park, opportunities to learn more about Native American culture and early pioneers like Mari Sandoz and to travel further afield to explore prehistoric fossils at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and Toadstool Geologic Park. A portion of the Bridges to Buttes Scenic Byway between Fort Robinson and Hay Springs is also known as the Crazy Horse Memorial Highway, commemorating the memory of the Lakota warrior and chief who lived part of his life in Nebraska’s Pine Ridge region and fought at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Crazy Horse was killed at Fort Robinson 1877. The Cowboy Trail, a Rails-to-Trails project, parallels the Bridges to Buttes Byway, providing an opportunity for hikers and bikers to enjoy the same scenery at a slower pace. Plans to develop the trail fully in Northwest Nebraska are underway.
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City of Crawford Public Transportation
Crawford Public Transportation is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for local bus service with daily meal delivery for the aging. Weekly shopping trips to Chadron and transportation for medical appointments to Chadron, Scottsbluff and Rapid City on request. Call 308-665-1256 to arrange a ride or for more information.