Wood River, NE

Wood River, NE

Wood River, established in 1866, was originally a railroad station named for the tree-lined river directly north. Three years later this settlement boasted a log Catholic church & a school. In 1874-75 the Union Pacific RR platted a new town of Wood River, three miles to the east. The Railroad station, post office & Jackson’s ‘Road Ranch’ Store were placed on skids and moved to the new location.

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Road Ranches were established west of the present town site, to serve the ‘1858 tourists’… Gold seekers, emigrants on the Morman & Oregon trails.

St. Mary’s Cemetery and the District 5 School mark the original town site.

Grand Island, NE

Grand Island, NE

In the mid-1800’s a plan came to light to develop a city along the Platte River Road, in hopes that its’ central location would be ideal for the relocation of the nation’s capitol from Washington D.C.

In 1857, the banking house of Chubb Brothers & Barrows from Davenport Iowa financed an expedition of 35 German immigrants, with instructions to choose their settlement’s location within an area named by French fur traders as “La Grande Isle”, an island in the Platte River.

By Sept 1857, log houses had been constructed from ash, elm and cottonwood timber. Their dream, of course, never became reality, but our German heritage remains strong.

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Halsey, NE

Halsey, NE

Founded in 1892, Halsey is located in the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills, and is home to Nebraska National Forest, “America’s largest hand-planted forest”.

Thousands of visitors come each year to enjoy the peaceful beauty of this area and to ‘get-away’ from the hustle & bustle of their busy lives. The Halsey-Purdum service club hosts an annual July 4th celebration called “Halsey Days”.

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Brewster NE

Brewster, NE 
“The town with the Spirit of the Cowboy”

Looking for a place that has more stars than people, lazy rivers, panoramic sunsets, wild prairie roses and the best tasting water in the world???  Then come to Brewster, Nebraska, population 22.

We are located at the junction of Hwys 7 & 91 in the Nebraska Sandhills, the largest vegetated sand dunes in the world.

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Scotia, NE

Scotia, NE

Just across the North Loup River from Scotia, is Nebraska’s only Chalk Mine, chiseled into the base of Happy Jack’s Peak. This elevated peak was favored by Ft. Hartsuff army scouts in their efforts to keep track of the Sioux Indians.

Today, golfers “Putt Off the Peak”, trying for prize money.

Each October the Chalk Mine becomes a “Haunting” place to behold. Local residents take pride in the Chalk Block buildings that still adorn our main street.

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Ord, NE

Ord, NE

Visit the official Ord, Nebraska Ord Area Chamber of Commerce / Valley County Economic Development Website.

Ord was selected as county seat for Valley County in 1873.  The town was then laid out in early 1874.  About this time General E.O.C. Ord was in command of the military department of the Platte and made a trip up the North Loup Valley for the purpose of establishing or selecting a location for Fort Hartsuff. It was decided to name the new town “Ord” in his honor.

Ord continues to be an example of success in a rural community. Stop and shop, visit or tour, we think you’ll agree Ord is ExtraORDinary!o]

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Valley County Tourism

VALLEY COUNTY TRAVEL & TOURISM
HOT-LINK: HTTP://www.VisitValleyCounty.com

Farwell, NE

Farwell, NE

WHERE IS FARWELL?

It is near the center of the state (or the world, depending on who you ask). It is located in Howard County, just off Highway 92, and is surrounded by Ashton Boelus, Dannebrog, Elba, Nysted, Paplin and St. Paul. Don’t blink, with a population of 130 it is indeed unique. Farwell is the home of Nebraska’s oldest Polish Catholic Church (St. Anthony’s). We also have Lukasiewicz Furniture, Carpeting & Appliances (family owned for over 100 years) and Farwell Arms Bed & Breakfast (a large Victorian-style house furnished with antiques.

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Almeria, NE

Almeria, NE

No information for Almeria is available.

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Ericson, NE

Ericson, NE

The village of Ericson is in Wheeler County. The population was 92 at the 2010 census.  In the Nebraska license plate system, Wheeler County is represented by the prefix 84. It had the eighty-fourth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922.

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Ericson-Spalding Livestock Market

Ericson-Spalding Livestock Market, located on Nebraska Highway 91 at the northern edge of Ericson, Nebraska; seen from the south.  Image cred: Wikipedia.

Ashton, NE

Ashton, NE

Ashton was established 116 years ago along Oak Creek, by Mr. J.P. Taylor in honor of his home town of Ashton, Illinois. It is now known as the gateway to Sherman Reservoir and home of the Polish Heritage Center.

While in Ashton for the JUNK JAUNT®, take a minute to stop and say hello to some of our fine business people. We would love to visit with you.

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Ravenna, NE

Ravenna, NE

“Hot Link” http://www.myravenna.com/

Ravenna is a friendly little railroad town, settled mostly by people of Scandinavian, German and Czech descent. For those of you who came to Ravenna last year and managed to maneuver our detours, WELCOME BACK!

We hope you enjoy our new Railroad overpass, as well as our great people, the sales and the fun we offer.

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Mills Farm Nebraska

Mills Farm Nebraska
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NEBRASKA’S JUNK JAUNT® MAP


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NEBRASKA’S JUNK JAUNT®

300 Miles of Treasures!

Welcome to NEBRASKA’S JUNK JAUNT®
It is a 300 mile continuous Yard Sale in central Nebraska. Each of 35-40 towns organizes a 3-day yard sale. Most towns will have at least one “Central Set-Up” location for vendors. Last year, this fun event drew 20,000 people from 34 states and 79 of 93 Nebraska counties. Make your lodging plans early as accommodations always fill up quickly.

Lodging Locations

Where can you spend the night along the JUNK JAUNT®?

2018 Lodging List (as .pdf) Our Lodging advertisers are listed by areas off the JUNK JAUNT® Byway Loop. Use the tabs at the right to find a lodging* location. Areas are divided into seven (7) zones: Hwy 2, Hwy 11, Hwy 91, Inside the Loop, and East , West or south of the Byway loop, and then by community. *Only advertised lodging is available on this website, other lodging choices may be available. The JUNK JAUNT® spans the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway (Hwy’s 11 & 91, plus half of the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway (Hwy. 2). With over 40 communities along the JUNK JAUNT® route, you’ll find many comfortable places to ‘drop after you shop’. A HEARTY “WELCOME TO NEBRASKA’S JUNK JAUNT®” is being extended to you by the sponsoring Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses and Campgrounds. If you are needing a place to “stop after you shop”, give these folks a call and arrange for a good night’s rest.