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 Post subject: June 9 Itinerary
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 5:49 am 
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Location: Wellfleet Nebraska
DEPART Ogallala: 9:00 AM
Breakfast – On Your Own
Travel Highway 26 alongside Lake McConaughy
Lake McConaughy is the largest reservoir in Nebraska. Formed by Kingsley Dam, the lake is a man-made body of water that is twenty miles long, four miles wide and 142 feet deep at the dam. The lake was constructed to store water for irrigation and a hydro-electric plant was added later. Lake Mac offers natural white sand beaches, excellent fishing, boating, camping and all types of outdoor recreation.
CONTINUE along Highway 26 into
GARDEN COUNTY
Located along the Oregon and Morman Trails was formed in 1909. The county was named for its fertile lands and ample water supply. Oshkosh was elected as its county seat.With an expanse of ranch and agricultural acres in the North Platte River valley, Garden County provides an abundance of upland birds, waterfowl and deer for hunting enthusiasts. Garden County is home to the 45,849 acre Crescent Lake National Wildlife Reserve, which offers a serene backdrop to one of the most diverse birding locations in the nation. The site offers boating (non-combustion), hiking, fishing, hunting and information on the flora and fauna.

ARRIVE Ash Hollow State Park: 12 Noon – Distance traveled 28 miles
Ash Hollow was a major stopping-off point on the Oregon, California and Morman Trails. The spring-fed site was a gateway to the North Platte River, abundant with fresh water, wood and grazing for the pioneers. Wagons descending into the valley over the steep grade of Windlass Hill scraped ruts into the hillside, still visible today. The park offers a rock schoolhouse, sod house, ancient cave, freshwater spring, museum and interpretive center.

PICNIC LUNCH
Hamburgers, Salad, Chips, Brownies
Iced Tea and Water will be available
Free Will Donation

Tractors allowed in park without permit.
All other vehicles must have a valid State of Nebraska Park Permit

ARRIVE Lewellen – distance traveled 2 miles
Lewellen is rich with history. Early settlers were attracted to the area by lush grasslands, open ranges and plentiful water. In 1891, a post office was established and a Village was born.
Gas/diesel available at Convenience store
Tour Lewellen
Riverview Assisted Living
Revitalized Main Street

CONTINUE along Highway 26 – 1 ½ MILES WEST OF LEWELLEN – BATTLE OF BLUE WATER
The Battle of Blue Water was the first major clash between U.S. soldiers and the Sioux Indians. The battlefield extends about 8 miles north up Blue Water Creek Valley from the U.S. 26 bridge across Blue Water Creek, about 2 miles northwest of Lewellen.

ARRIVE Oshkosh approximately 2:30 PM – distance traveled 11 miles
The first permanent settlers were men from the Oshkosh Land and Cattle Company, some of whom had come from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In 1889 a two-story structure was built on Main Street for a general store, post office and hotel – Thus the town of Oshkosh began.
Gas/diesel available at Grocery Store, Service Station or Convenience Store
Tour Oshkosh
Main Street
Stop at Museums
Garden County Health Services

ARRIVE Lisco approximately 5:00 PM– distance traveled 16 miles
Lisco, an unincorporated village sits just a mile north of the North Platte River. It is home to one of Nebraska’s two remaining multiple-span State Aid truss bridges, listed on the Federal Highway Systems Historic Bridges Inventory. The town was established in 1909 by an owner of the Rush Creek Land and Live Stock Company. Lisco is a proud, well-manicured village with a deep sense of community. Our greatest asset is the people who live here.We are strong, proud and know what being a good neighbor really means.
Gas/diesel NOT available
Park tractors on Main Street
Dinner with Community at 6:00 PM
Lodging/Campground at Riverview Lodge

SUNDAY, JUNE 10
DEPART 6:30 AM
Rolls and Coffee served at 6 AM at Ron Shearer residence.

CONTINUE along Highway 26 – 1 ½ MILES WEST OF LISCO – FROG HEAD BLUFF
Identified as such by Mormans in 1847. Another 4 miles west are the Ancient Bluffs Ruins and Narcissa Whitman Interpretive Waysides, telling more stories of the Oregon and Morman Trails travelers.

THE JOURNEY TO BRIDGEPORT: ARRIVE Broadwater – distance traveled 14 miles
Gas/diesel available at Convenience store
ARRIVE Bridgeport – distance traveled 14 miles
All services

FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION ON THE OGALLALA – LISCO SEGMENT OF TRAN CONTACT:
RON & MARLIS SHEARER308 772-3465
LARRY & CINDY BLOOMFIELD308 772-3818

_________________
One can go into a wild country and make it tame,
but, like a coat & cap & mittens that he can never take off,
he must always carry the look of the land as it was.
He can drive his plow through the nigger-wool,
make fields and roads go every way, build him a fine house
and wear the stiff collar, and yet he will always look like the grass where
the buffalo have eaten and smell of the new ground he has trod.


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