Calendar of Events

Jun
1
Mon
all-day Kites & Castles Virtual Event Th...
Kites & Castles Virtual Event Th...
Jun 1 – Jul 29 all-day
Kites & Castles Virtual Event Through July 29
Kites & Castles is going virtual this year!    Contact 308-284-4066 for more information. See the schedule and rules here. Preregistration required.  Print out this form and mail to the address shown or REGISTER ONLINE HERE![...]
Jun
13
Sat
all-day Western NE Bass Tournament @ Lake McConaughy
Western NE Bass Tournament @ Lake McConaughy
Jun 13 all-day
Contact: 402-659-2358    
6:00 am Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye... @ Lake McConaughy
Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye... @ Lake McConaughy
Jun 13 @ 6:00 am
Launch will be from the back boat ramp at Cedar View. Check in: 6:00 to 6:45 a.m. Launch: 7:00 a.m. Weigh in: 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-print and fill out the Tournament Entry[...]
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Jun 13 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
The Ogallala Farmer’s Market will be held Saturdays June 13 through through October 3 at Rendezvous Square from 8 am to Noon. Participants will be selling vegetables, fruits and crafts from the Square and from[...]

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.