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Upcoming Events
May
1
Sun
all-day Meadowlark Hill Lilac Collection @ 14 Miles SE of Ogallala
Meadowlark Hill Lilac Collection @ 14 Miles SE of Ogallala
May 1 – May 14 all-day
Meadowlark Hill Lilac Collection @ 14 Miles SE of Ogallala | Ogallala | Nebraska | United States
Max and Darlene Peterson have one of the largest private collections of lilacs in the world, with over 800 varieties. Directions:  From Ogallala, go south on Hwy 61 about ten miles.  A sign on the[...]
May
10
Tue
6:00 pm Boating Safety Class @ MPCC Ogallala Extended Campus
Boating Safety Class @ MPCC Ogallala Extended Campus
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – May 12 @ 9:00 pm
Boating Safety Class @ MPCC Ogallala Extended Campus | Ogallala | Nebraska | United States
Six-hour classroom based boating safety course. Two three-hour classes, Tuesday and Thursday.  Required of motorized boat operators born after 12/31/1985. Minimum age to take course is 14 or turning 14 this season. $10 fee for[...]
May
21
Sat
all-day Nebraska Free Fishing and Park E...
Nebraska Free Fishing and Park E...
May 21 all-day
May 21  is Free Fishing and Park Entry Day at all Nebraska state parks and recreation areas.  No fishing or park entry permits are required on this day.

Ash Hollow

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Photo courtesy Visit Garden County

Ash Hollow State Historical Park near the west end of Lake McConaughy in Garden County is one of Nebraska’s most intriguing state parks. A modern interpretive center interprets the area’s geology, paleontology, prehistoric history and use by native American Indians, the military, and 19th Century explorers and pioneers. Ash Hollow Cave shows evidence of use of the area by prehistoric man as many as 6,000 years ago. More than 30 million years of geologic history and fossils of prehistoric mammals including rhinoceros and mastodons can be examined at the park. Ash Hollow was a stopping point for Plains Indians, a site of U.S. troop maneuvers and a place for shelter and water on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails. Ruts are still visible at Windlass Hill where wagons were lowered into the valley. In 1835 it was the site of a battle between the Sioux and Pawnee and in 1855 was the site of one of the largest engagements between Native Americans and the white man.

Since 1993, a volunteer crew of nearly 100 local residents have staged the annual Ash Hollow Pageant at the park. The event is staged each June at the very site where pioneers stopped to rest at a fresh water spring, against the backdrop of the limestone cliffs. The pageant features live music, a chuck wagon supper, and a script drawn from actual trail diaries and histories.

Learn more about Garden County at VisitGardenCounty.com.