The air surrounding Crawford, Nebraska is heavy with history. Dinosaur
fossils, bones of buffalo. Native Americans hunted and danced here. United States
soldiers were housed in the area, and of course, the railroads came and changed everything
thundering ahead of the rolling sandhills.
the Agate Fossil Beds, the Hudson-Meng
Education and Research Center, Toadstool Park and the Oglala National
Grasslands are all within Crawford's outlying countryside. West of Crawford on highway 20 is a historical marker
in view of the Cheyenne Outbreak cliffs where a group of Native Americans who had escaped imprisonment at Fort Robinson
strove to return to their homelands. Most did not make it.
Further west of Fort Robinson, you may discover Sowbelly Canyon Drive which is a spectacular canyon drive with a
lovely park named Coffee Park about half way through the 12 mile drive which will bring you out on highway 29 just north of
Sioux Sundries in Harrison, Nebraska, was known for its 28 ounce hamburger called the "coffee burger" after rancher
Bill Coffee who wanted a "cowboy" sized burger to fill up his hungry workers. Delores Wasserburger began serving up the
"coffee burger" until she passed away in 2004. Now days the
Drifter's Cookshack at the High Plains Homestead serves the
oversized hamburger to those who think they can handle it.