Buffalo Bill Cody spent much of his life traveling the globe with his Wild West show, but when he came home, it was to North Platte. That Wild West spirit still animates this city of 24,000 and the rest of Lincoln County.
Soldiers at Fort McPherson in the 1860s fetched cold, great-tasting water from the well of John “Mac” McCullough. As a community formed, it was decided to name it after “Mac’s well,” and Maxwell was born.
Fort McPherson National Cemetery glows with peace south of Maxwell and the Platte River. Soldiers from conflicts dating back to the Indian Wars, including four Medal of Honor recipients, have been laid to rest here. Fort McPherson National Cemetery was founded in 1873 and is Nebraska’s only national cemetery. The original Pony Express route and Oregon Trail passed through what is now the cemetery. A monument marks the site of the flagstaff of the military post one mile southeast of the cemetery.
On the eastern end of Lincoln County, Brady is home to several outdoor adventures. Jeffrey Canyon Reservoir is five miles south and one mile west of Brady. (308) 584-3316. Potter’s Pasture in the beautiful hills south of Brady consists of 1,300 acres of privately-owned land crisscrossed with 15 miles of mountain biking trails. (308) 530-1897.
Stones and Bones Gallery and Emporium at Hershey offers a unique assemblage of Stone Age artifacts from Western Nebraska, along with western and wildlife art. (308) 368-7400.
Learn more about North Platte and the surrounding area by contacting the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau at visitnorthplatte.com or (800) 955-4528.