Calendar of Events

Oct
20
Sat
1:00 pm “Oceans of Grass” film at the Pr...
“Oceans of Grass” film at the Pr...
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm
The new documentary film, “OCEAN OF GRASS-Life on a Nebraska Sandhills Ranch” was created by former Ogallala native Georg Joutras. OCEAN OF GRASS is an organic journey about life rolled up into the ranch experience. [...]
Oct
27
Sat
12:00 pm Halloween at the Hollow
Halloween at the Hollow
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come out to Ash Hollow to celebrate Halloween with the ghosts of the Oregon Trail! Enjoy kid’s games, concessions, archery, crafts, costume contests and more from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Trunk or Treat starts at 4:00pm[...]
1:30 pm American Girl Halloween Party
American Girl Halloween Party
Oct 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
The Keith County Historical Society will host their annual American Girl Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the Ogallala Holiday Inn Express.   Advance tickets only, space is limited. 1 Adult[...]
Nov
3
Sat
all-day Kayak Big Mac
Kayak Big Mac
Nov 3 all-day
4th Annual Kayak Big Mac Sponsored by Ogallala Rotary

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.

The Nebraska State Historical Society has more information about Ash Hollow here.

Learn more about Garden County at VisitGardenCounty.com.