“Stories from the Cowboy Trail,” a look at history and the trail, will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Platte Valley Performing Arts Center, WNCC in Scottsbluff.
Bringing awareness to the trail and the communities it passes is WNCC and the Western Nebraska Bicycling Club
The college and organization are bringing in UNK Professor Lorene (Jake) Jacobson to discuss the trail and show snippets of her film showcasing the history of the Cowboy Trail.
“People are able to access the trail on bikes, walking and even horseback,” said Kristin Wiebe, a member of the bicycling club. “It’s really in a beautiful part of our state and people should know more about it.”
Jacobsen will be bringing a variety of stories she has collected over eight years of working on the film. She says it wasn’t a solo project, but a joint one with students at UNK.
“The film isn’t done, yet, there are layers and layers of stories,” She said. “I’m going to show the first part, with Norfolk, Tilden, and Neligh.”
When researching the project stories, Jacobsen traveled to a variety of towns along the trail. She found the people in the communities were always willing to share the local history with her.
When Jacobsen was researching Frank Schink of Tilden a WWI veteran, a man offered to drive her to the cemetery.
“We couldn’t find his grave anywhere,” she said. Then an elderly lady informed them Schink was buried in the Catholic Cemetery. “So, he (the stranger she had just recently met) says, well hell little lady, I’ll take you over there.” He threw her bike in the back of his truck, and away they went.
Jacobsen will be sharing more stories of the Cowboy Trail on Sept. 7, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Platte Valley Performing Arts Center at WNCC in Scottsbluff.
The Cowboy Trail is part of the Nebraska Game and Parks, and attendees will learn more about the development of the trail for recreational opportunities, as well as conditions of the trail after recent flooding.
The event is free and sponsored by the Legacy of the Plains Museum and Sonny’s Bike Shop.