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.