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Autumn Activities in Southeast Nebraska 2006

Southeastern Nebraska buzzes with a flurry of activity each autumn.  From the start of the grape harvest in late August until the last leaf falls to the ground, there are exciting events taking place in the small communities that dot the area. 

October is crisp and festive as the leaves turn spectacular colors.  Beginning in Nebraska City, drive the Country Roads tour for some exceptional autumn beauty along the Missouri River Bluffs.   It takes you the scenic “back way”  to what is sometimes called  Nebraska’s “Best Kept Secret” Indian Cave State Park.  Indian Cave is the hub of outdoor activities in autumn.  The Pioneer Longrifle Rendezvous and the competitive horse trail ride at Indian Cave State Park are followed by the popular Halloween celebration, the Haunted Hollow hayrack rides.  A family favorite, you will need reservations so call the park at 402-883-2575. Take time to celebrate the season and enjoy a fall camping trip.  A relaxing night around  the campfire with ghost stories of the homespun kind and wood smoke from the fire is all about making memories that last a lifetime.  The  RV campground decorating contest provides more modern memories. 

Peru State College sets the stage for Football Games, Bands,  & BBQ's, Friends unite in the festive atmosphere of autumn. 

Haunted Hollow
will be a “special treat” for Peru’s residents and visitors on Friday, October 27th  the  3rd Annual Trail To Cure Diabetes event gets underway at dusk in downtown Peru and continues until the last person spooked has left screaming.

Find a unique way to teach your children about the Civil War as Brownville hosts the Civil War reenactment complete with the boom of the cannons, gun powder rifles and costumed living history presentations.In Auburn, the Farmer’s Market at the fairgrounds is nearing the seasons end.  It is open Saturday mornings  until it closes for the season on the 15th.   The orchards from Nebraska City to Brownville also sell “fresh picked” apples & cider

Auburn’s Music In The Park  welcomes  the annual Nemaha Valley Street Rods Classic Car Show at Legion Park on October 7th.   Concession stands, live music and classic cars, art and shopping provide great hometown entertainment for a Saturday   afternoon at the park.  Later in October Spookfest In The Park attracts young & old alike

For more information on these and the many other great events taking place in southeast Nebraska during the fall foliage plus a list of tours, visitors can call 402-872-7275


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The Great Oregon Trail Adventure
Spring 2005

Combining a love for travel, history and adventure, Gerald and Julia White from Alabama are traveling the Oregon Trail with a covered wagon. Their journey began in  May 2005 in Blue Rapids, Kansas and they hope to reach Portland, Oregon by fall.  

We met in Gilead, Nebraska, on Byway 136, where they were experiencing wheel problems, known today as a flat tire.   Gerald and Julia told of their preparations for the trip by  reading and studying books on the history of  the Oregon Trail, The Big Blue and Little Blue Rivers, and of  their experiences camping as they go and yes, hardships.  They say it isn’t always easy to find a place suitable for their 2 mules Jerry and Hercules.

Julia rides ahead as the scout for the next night of camping and keeps a journal as they go, averaging around 20 miles a day. She reports having met some very wonderful people, and surely they will meet a lot more on their Great Oregon Trail Adventure.  If you happen to see them on your adventure along the Oregon Trail, wish them well.   

Byway 136, Heritage Highway along the southern border of Nebraska, holds an adventure for all of us around every turn.  You will find it steeped in history as you travel through  countryside and  towns made popular by singers, songwriters, authors, cowboys & Indians, with tales of Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James, Willa Cather & Chief Red Cloud to name a few. Visit the tall grass prairie at Homestead National Monument & experience “cowboy ways” at Rock Creek Station.  A visit to the local museum is a must see for the “history traveler” and most towns support wonderful local displays of the pioneers in the area.  Nearly every town offers very affordable camping in local city parks or state recreation areas, so pack up and “hit the real trail to adventure land” 

We have added several new towns along byway 136 just North and a little west of Hebron on the Oregon Trail that celebrate The Oregon Trail history & related events.  Visit the nearby towns of Deshler, Oak and Davenport, Nebraska by clicking on Deshler at the bottom of this page. 

Oak, NE is widely known for the annual   Pony Express yearly re-ride.  Oak is also the site of a pioneer massacre over 100 years ago.  Just a few miles from town, the original cabin is still standing near a monument to those that died in the massacre.  Oak will celebrate Oregon Trail Days this year on August 6th. This only happens once every 4 years, so mark your calendars and plan to vist Oak, Nebraska on August 6th.   

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