We left Pine Grove RV Park and headed west on I-80 to Grand Island, Nebraska. There we followed NE highways 2 and 92 into Broken Bow. This is a lovely county seat trying to update from a tired old town to a vibrant city. We camped right downtown at Tomahawk Park for RVs and were pleasantly surprised. Though they had less than 20 spaces, each was neat and clean with long pull-through sites for big rigs like ours. The grass was manicured so very well and our site (#13) had a big shade tree nearby. Although we only had 50 amp service, without water or sewer, for a few days it was just fine. The WiFi, Verizon, and AT&T service was weak. My map program (Waze) brought us in over a low-water bridge; we made sure not to leave that way! Barry had a business call here that turned into a second call at the same company the next day in Holdrege (about an hour south of Broken Bow) and I drove while he emailed!
First, we discovered a wonderful breakfast spot just a few blocks from the park, Prairie Grounds. Delicious cups of milky coffee and freshly baked blueberry muffins started my day off just fine!
After Barry’s morning appointment, we drove west of town to see one of the largest feedlots in the world. It is the Adams Feedlot with a total capacity of between 85,000-100,000 head of cattle (depending on your source). Barry & I are carnivores and love steak and hamburgers, but it is a little unnerving to see so many animals in such a place. The smell wafts into town almost daily depending on the wind; but the wind blows steadily enough to keep it from being overpowering.
The next day we drove south to Holdrege, Nebraska, south of I-80 for another appointment. Job completed, we took our time returning to Red Bow and found these historical markers.
Back in Broken Bow, we detoured to the Straight Arrow Bison Ranch. A family-owned business, they keep a herd of buffalo on their range year-round as a source of meat and other byproducts for retail sale. Although they weren’t open that day, we did get a chance to see the herd from the road. You can learn more here: www.straightarrowbison.com
All-in-all, Broken Bow was a pleasant stop and nice town. We would definitely stay here again when passing through on business.