Sunday, March 27, 2016
Taking A Sunday Drive #21
An escalator takes visitors up into the museum in the arch where the different time periods are displayed.
A team of oxen pulling a Conestoga wagon on the Oregon Trail.
Later the Lincoln Highway followed the same route.
There were many more scenes in this self-guided audio tour. I only took pictures of some of my favorites.
The Archway is very interesting and I'm glad we took the time to tour it.
Because of its proximity, Nebraska is one of those states we've visited many times, from Nebraska City and Brownsville in the southeast to Alliance's Carhenge in the west, the SAC museum near Lincoln, the state's waterfalls near Valentine and Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, there's much to see and do.
There was a path to where you could still see some of the ruts made by the wagons on the Oregon Trail.
The visitor's center at Chimney Rock National Historic Site had photos showing how much the rock has eroded since the early days.
On our way to Fort Robinson we stopped at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument where, after viewing the fossil exhibits and the Cook collection of Native American artifacts in the visitor center, we hiked out toward the Miocene Epoch mammal sites where so many of the fossils had been found.
On the way, we crossed a small foot bridge and I walked over the headwaters of the Niobrara River - a small stream which becomes a favorite canoeing and tubing river from which you can see some of those aforementioned Nebraska waterfalls around Valentine.
Formerly an army fort, Fort Robinson is now a state park.
It was a steep descent for the early pioneers, but once in the hollow they found shade, fresh spring water and a place to rest before journeying on.
This journey from Iowa to western Nebraska took us only a few hours. It was one that was quite enlightening. It made me glad I wasn't a pioneer after all.