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 Ash Hollow was the site of a battle between the Sioux and Pawnee.

The Battle of Blue Water took place there in 1855.  From the Nebraska State Historical Society  website: “One of the great tragedies of the Indian Wars, the battle, also called the Harney Massacre, took place six miles northwest of Ash Hollow in the Blue Water (now called Blue Creek) valley. In response to an Indian raid near Fort Laramie in 1854, General Harney led a raid on a Lakota village on September 3, 1855, killing 86, capturing 70 and destroying the village. The attack was one of the first military engagements between the Army and the Sioux.”

Visitor Center & Events: (outdoornebraska.gov/ashhollow)

The Visitor Center is situated on a bluff overlooking the mouth of the canyon. The center houses a display of pioneer history, as well as fossils from prehistoric rhinoceros, mammoths and mastodons. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 1 through Oct. 1. Admission is $2 per adult and $1 for children under 13. There is no admission for children under 3. The park grounds are open from 8 a.m. until sunset year round.

Halloween at the Hollow: Halloween at the Hollow is held the last Saturday in October and is fun event for the entire family. Wagon rides, trunk-or-treating, food and games make the evening fun and memorable.

Learn more about Garden County at VisitGardenCounty.com.

Calendar of Events

Jun
19
Sat
all-day Junior Fishing Tournament
Junior Fishing Tournament
Jun 19 all-day
Junior Fishing Tournament
Rules meeting: Friday, June 18 at 6 pm at the Keith County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Tournament Fishing Hours:  Saturday, June 19 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Prizes for most total lbs of fish caught.[...]
8:00 am Ogallala Farmer’s Market
Ogallala Farmer’s Market
Jun 19 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ogallala Farmer’s Market will be held Saturdays at Rendezvous Square from June 19 through September 25, 2021.  Find something different every week – including locally raised vegetables, fruits, baked goods, honey, preserves and crafts.
Jun
24
Thu
6:00 pm Sounds on the Square 2021
Sounds on the Square 2021
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm
Sounds on the Square 2021
Thursday evenings May 27 through July 22, enjoy FREE live music beginning at 6 pm at Rendezvous Square in downtown Ogallala. Bring a lawn chair and your friends.   Call 800-658-4390 with any questions.
Jun
26
Sat
all-day Tropical Dreams Regatta – Hobie ...
Tropical Dreams Regatta – Hobie ...
Jun 26 – Jun 27 all-day
Location: East Theis Bay – Beach #12 – Lake McConaughy, Nebraska Saturday June 26, 2021 9 AM to 10 AM: Registration @ the fleet tent 10 AM: Skippers meeting, including youth racers 11 AM: First[...]