Post 1188: early morning on US 385…I drive to Bridgeport

I love the early morning! Colors are saturated, dramatic shadows are cast by the low sun, and there is an awakening. This time of year, too, the drama of Autumn ganging up on Summer, turning a verdant world into one of vibrant colors, makes a drive down to the North Platte River at Bridgeport one I look forward to.

Of course, there are better places to see the Platte in Autumn, but I enjoy Bridgeport, a small but vigorous community on the Mormon and Oregon Trails. Autumn on  the North Platte in Bridgeport is just fine with me! 


At the intersection of Potash Avenue and Kansas Street, the southern most street in Alliance. There is town to the north of Kansas and country to the south.102316 Potash and Kansas Street.jpg

Wow! What a gorgeous morning this chilly October day!102316 morning near intersection of 26 and 385.jpg

Looking south down Angora Hill, your first glimpse of the North Platte River valley.102316 angora hill 3 use me.jpg

Bridgeport is built on the Mormon and Oregon Trail routes that paralleled the North Platte River, the I-80 of the westward migration in the 1800s.102316 mormon trail marker close up.jpg

This monument marks a Mormon campsite on the North Platte, which you can see in the background.102316 platte river behind mormon trail monument.jpg

Well, coal trains are a traveler’s woe around these parts. Wyoming coal’s transported by the BNSF and Union Pacific lines to eastern and southern power plants.102316 coal train stop bridgeport 4.jpg

Time to head back to Alliance.102316-noth-to-alliance

Nebraska is flat. (Angora Hill, heading north on US 385.)102316-angora-hill-2

Of course, once you get into Box Butte County, Nebraska is flat! LOL! Squint and you just about can see Alliance on the horizon. The double power lines show that there is progress on moving power lines to make way for the Heartland Express. This road is going to be a divided highway in time.102316-just-before-dinklage-alliance-at-end-of-road

OK, here’s your kitty dose for the day! Andy watched birds out the window while I took a short day trip. No idea what Dougy did.102316-andy-on-computer

For a bit of history on the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Trail:

About Bridgeport, Nebraska:,_Nebraska

About the Platte River:

24 thoughts on “Post 1188: early morning on US 385…I drive to Bridgeport

    • Concordo com você sobre esse ponto!
      I agree with you on that point!
      (I like how you handled Portuguese and English. I will do this for comments in different languages in future. Not all people have access to translation features.)
      (Eu gosto de como você lidou com Português e Inglês. Vou fazer isso para comentários em diferentes idiomas no futuro. Nem todas as pessoas têm acesso a recursos de tradução.)

  1. You didn’t stop by the river for some birdwatching? It must be the peak of migration season now…though thinking about it, it’s probably hunting season too. I remember encountering hunters on a horseback riding trail in one of the state parks. I was irritated, though I was dressed in flare orange gear after being warned by friends that the horse and I might be mistaken for a deer. *rolls eyes* I didn’t think people should be allowed to hunt where others were riding or hiking with animals.

    • Yes, this is prime birding season for just the reason you mention, and Nebraska is on the Central Flyway, as you know. I didn’t, however, go birding. I’m still working yup to that after my illness. I can (and have in past) birded from my car, which sounds strange to many birders, but is a common way Nebraskans do it. That is especially true in Western Nebraska, where there are many diverse habitats and birds ranging from those in grassy plains to mountain and riparian species, all with in a few miles of each other. And don’t forget those backyard varieties! The best birds I ever spotted in my life I spotted in my backyard: Phainopepla, Golden-crowned Sparrrow, and Varied Thrush.

      As for the issue of birding vs. hunting, I am very wary of birding in some areas during hinting season for just the reason noted by you. The scariest are bow or crossbow hunters since they can be more stealthy than other hunters because their weapons make less noise when fired.

    • It gives me a reason to get out of town, so I’ve enjoyed doing this. I need to hit some of the historic places I’ve not gone to yet. There are lots of very interesting places here.

      • I used to work for a man from Omaha. His father still lived there, and I’d talk to him on the phone from time to time. He’d tell me how flat it was there and he’d describe how he could see big storms coming from miles away. It sounded fascinating.

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