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Nebraska Passport: Tours Across Nebraska

I must admit I am a rather big Jeopardy fan.   Not very many shows have made my “follow” list, but that is one that I have watched almost daily for years.  One category that they feature is “Common Bonds.”  As for the pictures that I featured on yesterday’s “Wordless Wednesday,” they all had one thing in common: they are all 2014 “Nebraska Passport” stops.  Many of them I have covered on my blog already.  Several are yet to be shown, so for those I plan to keep you guessing.

Can’t Get Enough Tour

1) ?

2) Morrill Hall on Odyssey Through Nebraska

Morrill Hall Z

Forks in the Road Tour

Homestead Brand

3) High Plains Homestead (Home of the Drifter Cookshack and Bunkhouse) on Odyssey Through Nebraska

Hit the Snooze Tour

4) ?

Nebraska Homegrown Tour

Prairie Gounds interior

5) Prairie Grounds Cafe and Gifts on Odyssey Through Nebraska

How We Move Tour

Carhenge

6) Carhenge on Odyssey through Nebraska

7) ?

8) ?

Patchwork Passion

Quilts 5 purposes arch

9) International Quilt Study Center & Museum on Odyssey Through Nebraska

Rare Finds

Unfortunately I have not been to any of these places recently.  My grandparents lived in Laurel, so I did grow up walking into their downtown.  I am pretty sure that I have been to the Apothecary, but I think that it has drastically changed since then.  Hopefully someday I will make it back!

Sips and Suds Tour

Not sure that we will make too many of these places since we do more of the family tour.  But hey, Nebraska Passport has at least one place that will appeal to everyone! 🙂

Stars and Stripes Tour

10) ?

11) ?

SAS copter and plane

12) Strategic Air & Space Museum on Odyssey Through Nebraska

(By the end of the Nebraska Passport 2014 season, which happens to be the end of September, every one of the ? mark places will be featured on this blog!  I also will be featuring several of the places from Lincoln’s “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” program as well!)

Have you picked up your copy of the 2014 Nebraska Passport yet? This year they have even added a downloadable app, so you can keep track of your places that way.  Achieving prizes for the Nebraska Passport is a bit challenging.  Since the ones I would really want are for 40 stamps and above, I am pretty sure that we will not be getting any.  But, we will be enjoying the stops on the way.  Some familiar and some that are new.  All places to make memories as we travel across the nice state of Nebraska.

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Friday Photography: High Plains Homestead in Sepia

Sepia seemed a fitting tint for a new “Old” West town …

Homestead Brand

High Plains Post Office and sherriff

High Plains Homestead buildings

High Plains saloon

High Plains Mercantile

High Plains wagon

High Plains blacksmith

High Plains Homestead near Crawford, Nebraska

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Friday Photography: Homestead High Plains in Black & White

B & W mercantile

B & W wagon ride

B & W saloon

B & W wall display

B & W Homestead town

B & W school

High Plains Homestead near Crawford, NE

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Friday Photography: Homestead High Plains in Living Color

I had fun experimenting with both my camera and my cell phone when I was taking photographs around the High Plains Homestead.  So, while I will end up with several entries about the place, each one shows a different angle or viewpoint.  And even though four blog posts (including the one I wrote previously) seems like a lot, since I do not plan to write very much, hopefully you can breeze through them (or save them for another day!)  And if you have an opinion as to which style of photographs suit the place the best, I would be interested in reading your comments.

High Plains Homestead View

The view across the road.

Color High Plains Post Office

The interior contained mail boxes and everything!

Color High Plains Kitchen

Kitchen Collection of another day …

Color High Plains Mercantile side

Side of the mercantile.

Color High Plains Jesus the Good Shepherd

I would enjoy having this “Jesus the Good Shepherd” photograph gracing our home even today!

Color High Plains sheriff and jail house

You’re in the jailhouse now …

Color High Plains Mercantile

More than your average souvenir shop …

Color High Plains Farm Implements

Farm implements of yesteryear …

Color High Plains View of the Street

A stroll down the short boardwalk …

Color High Plains Nature Collections

One could leave with a bit of nature (for sale in a shed …)

Color High Plains Windmill

The beauty of the Nebraska panhandle!

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Flashback Friday: High Plains Homestead: The Old West in Western Nebraska

Before we went up to Northwest Nebraska, we had made a list of places we wanted to see.  The High Plains Homestead almost made the cut, but one of the reasons the location was removed was because I was not exactly  sure where the place could be found.  But as we were making the gravel drive out to Hudson-Meng Bison Boneyard, suddenly signs informed us that we were almost to the Homestead.  I convinced my family to stop, and none of us were disappointed.

Homestead Livery

Initially I had thought that the High Plains Homestead was merely a place to eat or to spend the night.  They were so much more than that.  Using the wood from old abandoned buildings as well as rebuilding some of the buildings on site, a new “old” town emerged on the plains.  We ended up spending a few hours here (including come back from lunch).  We explored much of the town, but there was so much more that I am sure that we missed.

Homestead 2 youngest by the jail

My kids LOVED putting their uncles and aunt into the jail.  And they were all good sports and went over AND over AND over again!  (Thanks. guys!)  The mercantile, schoolhouse and saloon were rebuilt on site using original buildings from the area.  The remaining places were built using the lumber from abandoned buildings to maintain the “old” feel that was wanted in the “town.”

High Plains award wall

Because of their meticulous approach to setting up their homestead, the owners, Mike and Linda Kesselring, have won several awards.   I was able to talk to the owners a little bit, although I would have enjoyed talking to them even longer.  How they have gone about creating the High Plains Homestead is fascinating.  They are continuing to look to expand their “site” and have other notifying them when other area abandoned buildings are available to move that would fit in with their place.

Homestead High Plains Gun collection

Behind every object is a story.  Many items have been donated to the Homestead by families who want to see their history continue to be on display.  Our boys noticed the guns (I have to say that I missed them.)  They happen to be the owner’s guns from childhood.  Evidently when you went to birthday parties or even to get your haircut, you would leave with a cap gun.  So his collection is on display – in the sheriff’s office of course.

I appreciate the mission of the High Plains Homestead (taken directly from their website).

High Plains Homestead, LLC is a private, family owned, business dedicated  to providing all visitors and customers a quality, rural western experience through good food, hospitality, and education that is inviting, safe, fun, informative and draws an appreciation for the area and the generations of people who have inhabited the NW Nebraska grasslands and badlands.

And the “Dirt Roads” essay on their contact page is definitely worth reading.  I hope that we can return to the High Plains Homestead again someday and see all the progress that they will continue to make.  And by the way, they serve a mean buffalo burger!  (Next time, I want to try the Indian taco though – watching my son eat his plateful confirmed that will be my next selection!)  If you are up in Northwest Nebraska, go to the High Plains Homestead.  Definitely worth the drive!

 

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