Discovering Western Nebraska’s Treasures

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Western Nebraska Photo Credit Tom Wilmer
Western Nebraska
Photo Credit Tom Wilmer
Scotts Bluff territory Nebraska-- Photo Credit Tom Wilmer
Scotts Bluff territory Nebraska– Photo Credit Tom Wilmer
Western Nebraska is a realm of never-ending surprises from the diverse environment where rolling hills are suddenly interrupted by towering sandstone bluffs and spires, rolling rivers, and even the largest hand planted forest in North America. The Sandhills of Western Nebraska are a mesmerizing undulating grass covered landscape that is a destination draw in its own right.
Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer for an exploration of cool things to do and see in Western Nebraska. We’ll start our journey in Sidney, Nebraska at the home and birthplace of Cabela’s outfitters.
Photo Credit Tom Wilmer
Next stop is Alliance Nebraska where we’ll visit with Becky Thomas, director of the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center.

The Museum of the Fur Trade on the outskirts of Chadron, Nebraska showcases the roots of the American West that was trail blazed by fir trappers and traders, 200 years before the Lewis & Clark Expedition.


Western Nebraska is graced with tall sandstone bluffs and outcroppings. Chimney Rock National Historic Site in Bayard, Nebraska includes an interpretive center where visitors learn about the trials and tribulations of the early pioneers. We’ll join Loren Pospisil who shares his insights in to Nebraska’s most recognizable visual icon of Western migration.

Pony Express statue in Sidney, Nebraska-- Photo credit Tom Wilmer
Pony Express statue in Sidney, Nebraska– Photo credit Tom Wilmer

IMG_4197Fast food chain eateries abound in Nebraska, but there’s a new generation of restaurateurs who offer trend setting cuisine. We’ll stop in at the Emporium coffee shop and restaurant in Scotts Bluff Nebraska for a chat with owner, Sara Schluter and her executive chef, Rob Backus who came from Napa Valley California to infuse Nebraska with cutting edge culinary offerings.

Listen to the in-depth interview on the Lowell Thomas Award winning NPR.ORG Podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer