So it quite naturally became a famous landmark. It is estimated that at least one half million settlers saw Chimney Rock on their way through.
You will be reminded of the courage and fortitude that these travelers displayed via several exhibits and a video presentation at the nearby Ethel and Christopher Abbot Visitor Center.
The Center also has an extensive collection of books about the history of the trails and the people that passed by Chimney Rock.
They also carry postcards and photographs. The U.S. Geological Survey Department calculated Chimney Rock as 360 feet from the base to the top and 4,225 feet above sea level.
Long associated with the famous "Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom", the zoo features the "Desert Dome", a 13-story high geodesic dome housing the world’s largest indoor desert and the Lied Jungle, America’s largest indoor rainforest exhibit. The art, music, and theater scene in Omaha is also quite impressive for a city of its size.
The Omaha Community Playhouse (the largest community theatre in America) the Omaha Symphony, the Joslyn Art Museum and a host of smaller venues offer an array of arts and culture opportunities.
No visit to Omaha would be complete without sampling some of its signature hearty cuisine. Whether in the form of the famous steaks served at Gorat’s restaurant and loved by local billionaire Warren Buffett or any of the varied restaurants in the quaint, cobblestone-paved Old Market district downtown.
No RV parks for us - we were nice and secluded. We would spend anywhere from three days to a week there, just unwinding from the daily grind that otherwise would have occupied us. Despite the welcome quiet, there was plenty to do.
We would explore the beach, build campfires, fish along the shore, take a nap in our tents, or watch the water skiers from the nearby boat dock as they sped by. Everyone always looked forward to these annual trips, and we were sorry when they were over. As I sit here writing this, I find myself wanting to go again!
There's an 1880's style Main Street with a western stage show. The Main Street Historic Walk of Fame guides you to outdoor markers that chronicle the history of Keith County. For a variety of water activities you can hit nearby Lake McConaughy, Nebraska's largest reservoir, and Lake Ogallala.
A great idea for your next vacation would be to visit this outstanding museum and learn about this important history. Over 30 period aircraft are on display along with many photographs and artifacts. The displayed aircraft include a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-47 Stratojet, a B-25 Mitchell as well as a U-2 spy plane.
There is a wonderful section of the museum for children called International "Play" Station. It includes some excellent play facilities including space capsules, a multi-axis trainer and flight simulator rides. You will enjoy the many exhibits which include reviews of many important historical events.