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Designation: Nebraska State Scenic Byway
Length, One-Way: 87 Miles (145.0 Kilometers)
Time: 2 Hours

General Information

Description - This historic byway comprises the old Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway and forefather of the modern interstate system. Highway 30, or the Lincoln Highway, was completed over 90 years ago. Stretching from New York to San Francisco, this engineering feat was named in memory of President Lincoln.

The Platte River Scenic Trails also gains its name from the many east-west trails that crossed, or currently cross through this area. Since the 1800s, the Great Platte River Road, as the Platte River is affectionately known, had carried millions of people along this important transportation route. The convergence of the Oregon and Mormon Trails, Pony Express routes, Union Pacific railway and the Lincoln Highway bring import and history to this area.

As you travel down this byway you'll cross over the 100th Meridian, the official line where the hot and humid east cedes to the arid and dry west. In other words, "where the West begins". Communities along the Platte River Scenic Trails proudly display fine arts and crafts; and local, historical museums depict the area's colorful military and Native American history. In The Ladder of Rivers, Western writer, Harry Chrisman, portrays the time the first cattle were introduced to the area in the 1800s. Conflicts over fencing of prairie land and a lynching followed.

Interesting site along this byway include the home of Buffalo Bill Cody, the world's largest railroad freight yard-the Union Pacific Bailey Yards, and a restored Pony Express station. Get off the interstate and take a trip down one of Nebraska's most unique and historical highways-the path of many trails.

Attractions - The Platte River Scenic Trails is known for it's Historical and Scenic Attractions.

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Additional Information:
Nebraska Scenic Byways - Nine highways across the State of Nebraska have been designated as "Nebraska Byways". These byways showcase Nebraska's diverse scenery, history, culture, geology and recreational opportunities to both visitors and Nebraskans alike.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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