WELCOME to our Nebraska Highway 2 website. Nebraska Highway 2 rolls through the heart of the State of Nebraska, from Nebraska City on the banks of the Missouri River in the southeast to Crawford in the Pine Ridge area of the State in the Northwest. Here you will find a webpage for each of the 33 communities along Nebraska Highway 2. Large communities and small communities and some communities that are only a ghost of themselves.
Each community has its own history and stories to tell. On the community webpages you will find what you need to meet your traveling needs: food, rest, fuel, events, sights to see, things to do.
Introduction to Nebraska - The Good Life!
If you are curious about the Good Life that is Nebraska - take a look at this youtube video for a beautiful and
Video about Nebraska life. And this one. Come see for
yourself why we proudly call our home "the Good Life!".
ONLY IN NEBRASKA!
Nebraska is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017. Nebraska became the 37th State admitted to the Union and was the first State admitted after the Civil War. Here is a great link to events planned all year long and all across the entire State to mark this Sesquicentennial celebration of our State.
Lincoln is Nebraska's capital city and home of the Nebraska State Capitol building, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Lied Center, Quilt Museum, UNL Dairy Store on East Campus, the Lincoln Children's Zoo, the Sheldon Art Gallery, a store devoted to licorice, restaurants serving the cusine of the world, and so very much more. Nebraska's State Capitol Building is a true work of architectural wonder and towers over the plains. Be sure and visit the Nebraska State Capitol building. You may arrange for a tour with lots of insider information provided.
SOME HISTORY OF NEBRASKA HIGHWAY 2
Nebraska highway 2 is a discontinuous highway. The highway runs from Nebraska City west to Lincoln where
it disappears into the city itself. 82 miles further west it reappears at Grand Island and continues west and
northwest to the South Dakota border north of Crawford. The second leg of the highway includes 272 miles of the
Sandhills Scenic Byway from Grand Island to Alliance. This leg of Nebraska Highway 2 has been deemed one of the most
beautiful drives in the United States.
THE POTASH HIGHWAY
Just east of Alliance along Nebraska highway 2 you will find the remnants of Antioch, Nebraska, a once bustling town
in an area which provided potash during World War I. For a brief introduction to the Sandhills’ part in
production, read a historical accounting from Jim McKee and the Lincoln JournalStar newspaper.
Nebraska highway 2 was initially called the “Potash” highway and it traveled east from Antioch to
Grand Island and south to Hastings, east to Fairmont and then south to Wichita, Kansas.
The communities in western Nebraska enthusiastically called for a highway route from Alliance to Grand Island
which would connect them to the larger economic areas. The discovery of potash near Antioch gave rise to population
booms in Antioch and Lakeside. Populations which died off after the war ended and less expensive methods of obtaining
potash were relied on once again. However, the need for a dependable drivable roadway did not die off and in 1926
Nebraska highway 2 incorporated that section of the roadway called the “Potash” highway. A great source
of information about the history of Nebraska Highway 2 and the Potash Highway can be found at
Nebraska State Historical Society.