Category Archives: Dunning

Discoveries in small towns

My intent that Friday was to drive west on Nebraska Highway 2 to Broken Bow and take some good pictures to include on the webpage, www.nebraskahighway2.com/BrokenBow.  Because there are small towns between Grand Island and Broken Bow I have to convince myself not to stop at any of them before getting to Broken Bow or I would lose my focus and time. It was overcast and raining when I started out and cloudy, grey skies are not what I wanted for my pictures representing Broken Bow.  The earlier weather forcast and the skies told me that the storm would be moving out of the area at some point so knowing I had a bit of a delay, I drove right through Broken Bow and headed for Halsey National Forest so I could  purchase a lifetime National Park  Senior Pass before the price goes up this Fall.
Once at the forest, I spent some time in the Ranger’s office chatting with a knowledgeable ranger (whose name I did not remember… sorry fella) who answered my questions with relish.   I found I should leave some www.nebraskahighway2.com information pamphlets there for travelers to pick up to learn what is available to them along the highway.  I did spend a little time enjoying the forest and then was on my way back east towards Broken Bow and the clearing skies.  But those small towns just draw me in and the next thing I know is I am turning  into Dunning, Nebraska with thoughts of what I would create for the webpage for Dunning. I have visited the Sinclair Station at Dunning, many times before over the years (it is right along Nebraska Highway 2) and admired and purchased some of the pottery that is sold there. The pottery is created locally by Marlene Van Diest of Sandhills Pottery  and each piece I viewed was unique.

I drove down main street Dunning and parked and decided to photograph some of the interesting buildings.

I spotted the Sandhills Heritage Museum which was open so I stepped in.  The Sandhills Heritage Museum  is located in an old bank building right on the main street of Dunning.  And yes, that is a hitching post in front of the museum.  It is a snapshot of life in the area and holds some interesting and surprising items from the Sandhills life from years gone by.  The days and hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00. It can be opened anytime by request and availability of board members.

museum

Cold days are for shiverrrring and remembering warm days…

My travels along Nebraska Highway 2 on October 18th was the perfect October drive.  I followed the Rails Art Trails from Grand Island to Thedford.  The first stop at the Buffalo County lake just east of Ravenna was art of a most natural kind… watched the reflection of the cottonwood trees while Murphy the dog romped and smelled the smells. On our way we passed a lovely doe standing in a small protected field who stopped grazing to watch us pass by.  Another of those picture times that by the time you stopped and focused the object of your photo would be long gone.

My next stop was at the Sinclair station on Nebraska Highway 2 in Dunning, Nebraska.  A Sandhills Journey sign swings outside and a promise of pottery work awaited inside.  Once inside the station, there it was… shelves of pottery pieces – bowls, plates, match stick holders – made locally by Sandhills Pottery.  Of course a couple of the pieces were purchased.  I had a nice conversation with Michael, a scooter tramp whose gleaming harley sat outside.  One of his two, he shared, and his travels on two wheels had taken him to all lower 48 states and through 4 Canadian provinces.

After bidding Michael and Dunning, Nebraska good-bye, I passed by Smokey the Bear advising that the fire danger was moderate in the nearby Halsey Forest and we headed on to Thedford, Nebraska to experience what art work was being showcased there and learn something about this sandhills town.