Nebraska Passport Showcase: Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
Once upon a time, cowboys and outlaws roamed the plains under the state’s expansive skies. The characters may be different today, but you can still wrangle the West and rustle up a good time at these stops. Grab your boots and spurs, and get ready to uncover some Nebraska treasures.
North Platte was home of the man who made the Wild West world-renowned. No one figure personifies the frontier spirit better than William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the West’s most colorful showman, army scout and buffalo hunter.
His legacy lives on at the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. Cody’s elegant Victorian house, built in 1886, and huge barn sits on 258 acres of what was originally a 4,000-acre spread that Cody called Scout’s Rest Ranch.
The barn, built in 1887, now features Wild West Show memorabilia, original posters, and a movie made of film clips taken at the time the show was touring throughout the United States and Europe.
You can pick up your Passport at any Passport location or the North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau at 315 W. Eugene Ave., North Platte, NE
You can find a full description of the Nebraska Passport Program online at www.NebraskaPassport.com. When you visit any of the attractions listed in the passport, get you passport stamped. There are two places for stamps – one next to the attraction name in the passport (that’s for you to keep) and one on the prize-entry sheet tucked in the back (that’s what you’ll redeem for prizes.)
You’re eligible for prizes for each completed tour as well as for totals of 20 and 40 stamps. At each prize level, you will also be entered into a grand-prize drawing for an iPad mini. An additional drawing for 300 $1 Nebraska Lottery Scratch tickets will be held for all participants 19 years of age or older who turn in passports with at least one stamp.
After your travels are completed and you’ve collected as many stamps as possible, it’s time to claim your prize(s). Simply mail the prize-entry sheet to: Nebraska Tourism Commission, Attn: 2013 Nebraska Passport, PO Box 98907, Lincoln, NE 68509.
5 MONTHS, 10 TOURS, 80 STOPS …
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