Nebraska's Cowboy Trail: A User's Guide

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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The Chicago & Northwestern railroad's "Cowboy Line" was active for more than one hundred years--delivering gold from the Black Hills, transporting livestock from the ranches in the West, and carrying passengers through northern Nebraska. Now the 321-mile-long rail line is being remade into Nebraska's first state recreational trail which, when completed, will become the nation's longest rail-to-trail conversion. Nebraska's Cowboy Trail: A User's Guideis the essential companion for anyone planning to hike, bike, or ride horseback on the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail, which currently extends from Norfolk to Valentine and will eventually stretch all the way to Chadron. The trail runs through numerous communities, accommodates multiple uses, and provides an up-close look at the ecology of the Great Plains--a view too easily missed when speeding by in a car. Keith Terry's guidebook enhances appreciation of the trail's natural advantages with descriptions of the region's flora and fauna and with pointers for food, lodging, and camping. He also provides brief narratives about historical events that occurred along the route. This guide illuminates a historical corridor of the Great Plains and will heighten the trail user's experience.

Author Biography

Keith Terry is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Planning for the Tripp. xiii
p. 1
Norfolk to Battle Creek (10 miles)p. 2
Battle Creek to Meadow Grove (8 miles)p. 11
Meadow Grove to Tilden (5 miles)p. 15
Tilden to Oakdale (7 1/2 miles)p. 19
p. 23
Oakdale to Neligh (6 miles)p. 24
Neligh to Clearwater (9 miles)p. 29
Clearwater to Ewing (11 miles)p. 32
Ewing to Inman (13 3/4 miles)p. 35
p. 41
Inman to O'Neill (8 miles)p. 42
O'Neill to Emmet (8 1/2 miles)p. 47
Emmet to Atkinson (10 miles)p. 51
Atkinson to Stuart (10 miles)p. 56
p. 63
Stuart to Newport (10 1/3 miles)p. 64
Newport to Bassett (11 1/3 miles)p. 68
Bassett to Long Pine (10 miles)p. 72
Long Pine to Ainsworth (9 miles)p. 76
Arabia through Thatcher to Valentine (13 miles)p. 80
Notesp. 89
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