Post 1079: another look at Western Nebraska scenery…

The general sense of Nebraska is that it is “flat as Kansas”. That is somewhat true, but largely false. If you drive a road that follows a floodplain, such as I-80, the topography tends to be flat. If you drive off the Interstate, that’s where you find the diverse topography of Nebraska.

The following scenes are north of Alliance, up to the 16 Mile Corner, over to US 385, south to Berea, then to Alliance. That means nothing to you now, most likely, but by the time you take the “tour”, you will see flat land, hills, and a bit of where I live, in Alliance. Don’t worry! There are kitties at the end of the trail!

It's just before harvest time for winter wheat, a major crop in Box Butte County.

It’s just before harvest time for winter wheat, a major crop in Box Butte County.

Yeah, just north of Alliance is flat, flat, flat! It's a land of horizontals.

Yeah, just north of Alliance is flat, flat, flat!

The road is pretty much straight for miles.....

The road is pretty much straight for miles…..then it gets gently twisty and hilly.

But there are diversions along the road. For example, Carhenge, which is managed by the City of Alliance.

But there are diversions along the road. For example, Carhenge, which is managed by the City of Alliance.

It's free, you can buy souvenirs - if you must - at the visitor center, and it's free!

It’s free but you can buy souvenirs – if you must – at the visitor center! Of course, contributions are welcomed.

View it from your car...

View it from your car…

...or get out and walk around it! Quirky, imaginative, a nod to the other one in England! LOL!

…or get out and walk around it! Quirky, imaginative, a nod to the other one in England! LOL!

This is the land of those amber waves of grain we sing about....!

This is the land of those amber waves of grain we sing about….! This is a land of horizontals.

The 16 Mile Corner is, well, 16 miles from Alliance. It crosses over to Hemingford, west, or the intersection of US 385, south.

The 16 Mile Corner is, well, 16 miles from Alliance. Hemingford is  west, or head north to Rushville. South is Alliance.

Not a lot there, but Berea is the third settlement in Box Butte County. Alliance and Hemingford are the others.

Not a lot there, but Berea is the third settlement in Box Butte County. This is from north of Berea. 
Alliance and Hemingford  (“Hemmingford” in Stephen King’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN…!) are the other towns.

The Sallows Military Museum honors the mean and women who served or serve their country in the military. This was Alliance's biggest contribution to WWII.

The airbase was Alliance’s biggest contribution to WWII.

Tenth and Box Butte. Box Butte Avenue was paved with bricks in 1920. They add some charm to the avenue, and the citizens are very proud of them. Bruisin' or Cruisin' the bricks used to be a teenager activity: make endless round trips the length of the Butte to find friends - or trouble! - for the evening.

Tenth and Box Butte. Box Butte Avenue was paved with bricks in 1920. They add charm to the avenue, and the citizens are very proud of them.
“Cruisin’ the Butte” used to be a teenager activity: make endless round trips the length of the Butte to find friends – or trouble! – for the evening.

Alliance has many lovely parks. This is in the Central Park.

Alliance has many lovely parks. This is in the Central Park. 

Good old Lane 2, where I live!

Good old Lane 2, where I live!

At last! Something vertical in this horizontal world! Hollyhocks in front of my apartment were seeded by birds. Thanks, birds!

At last! Something vertical in this horizontal world!
Hollyhocks in front of my apartment were seeded by birds. Thanks, birds!

Lovely!

Lovely!

"What were you doing while I was gone, Andy?" Andy looks, um, suspicious!

“What were you doing while I was gone, Andy?”
Andy looks, um, suspicious!

Gad! Dougy wastes no time getting down to naughtiness right in front of my eyes! Bad boy! Bad! Bad! Bad!

Gad! Dougy wastes no time getting down
to naughtiness right in front of my eyes!
Bad boy! Bad! Bad! Bad!

 

 

 

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