Middle America.

On May 15, 2012, in press, by True Feel

This past weekend we flew into Denver, Colorado and took a road trip into North Platte, Nebraska to visit family and friends.

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If you’ve ever been to the center of the country, you know how different life is from coastal living. John Denver was right, the Rocky Mountains are serious.

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On our way from Colorado to Nebraska, we had to make our first pitstop at Taco John’s. If anyone has been to this West-Mex fast food joint, you know how ridiculous the Potato Ole’s are. They’re not tator tots…they’re amazingly fried potato discs with a secret seasoning that compliments any meal. Just when you think it can’t get better, you can dip it in sour cream, then nacho cheese (in that order). It’s like a savory flavor explosion that’s as addictive as it sounds. If you ever have the chance to stop and eat there, go for it.

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Now that our stomachs are full, we hop back in the truck and continue our trek to Nebraska. It’s about a 4-hour drive east of Denver. When you’re there…you know you’re there.

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Nebraska is known for a few things: Buffalo Bill, corn, Union Pacific Railroad, corn, having more cows than human population, The Huskers, and corn. These giant silo-like cylinders are full of corn. It’s insane.

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Just around the corner from the CO-OP you’ll find the center of town where the courthouse is located…

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You’ll also find Chinese restaurants…

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Whiskey Creek Steakhouse…

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White Horse Video…

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Hotel Pawnee…a once bustling retirement hotel with a grand ballroom, now defunct and run-down but admittedly very cool to look at.

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At the courthouse you’ll find this statue of a Native American chief from the Sioux Tribe, which once adorned “Sioux Lookout”, the highest point of Lincoln County, Nebraska. Around a decade ago it was moved and brought into the center of town for preservation.

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The amount of unoccupied open land is second to none. This is the Wild West…this is Nebraska.

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All across the state you’ll find thousands of miles of railroad tracks as far as the eye can see in both directions, but; North Platte boasts Bailey Yards, the largest railroad yard in the world.

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The trains haul a variety of goods from cargo and consumer goods to fuel and coal…and these trains can be miles long…that’s a lot of coal.

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All in all, it was another awesome trip to middle America. If you ever get the chance to go, we suggest you do.

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-ska.

On May 2, 2011, in press, by True Feel

So we took a trip to a not-so-little place in middle America…North Platte, Nebraska. Home of Colonel William Cody and our own, Nikki Stixx. Flying in was a very interesting experience because there was nothing but land…flat land, as far as you could see. We landed in Denver and took a 4-hour drive to North Platte where we stayed for a short while. Seeing farm after farm for hundreds of miles was something you don’t see everywhere you go.

This place is FLAT…

…and did you know there are more cows than people in Nebraska?

When someone here says they have a Volvo, chances are that it may be a machine, not a car…

I’ll admit my camera wasn’t glued to my hand on this trip to document all the bbqing, and unique eateries and shops we visited, but take my word for it…it’s a whole new world out here, and I mean that in a good way. While we were here, there was someplace that was on the checklist of what needed to be done among seeing family and friends…and that was paying a visit to “Carhenge.” It’s exactly what it sounds like. Carhenge is an exact replica of Stonehenge, to scale, completely created out of different vehicles….by one man. Damn!

Here are some shots of what Carhenge is about…and remember, everything is created using nothing more than automobiles, and automobile parts…

The weather was averaging 96 degrees and the wind was rushing through like it was late for work…making aerosol art nearly impossible

…and that’s that.

Below are a few random shots taken throughout the North Platte area by Nikki Stixx to help give you a rough idea of what life is like in Nebraska.. and don’t act like you’ve ever been somewhere like it before.

Meet Colonel William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. William Cody is the founder of Cody, Wyoming and also nicknamed “Buffalo Bill.” The nickname was given to him after he undertook a contract to supply Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo meat. Cody earned the nickname by killing 4,280 American bison in eight months. He was also known to be one of the most colorful figures in the American old West.

Traditional Native American chillin “in a glass case of emotion” -Ron Burgundy-

Here is a real 2-headed cow that was born on a farm and lived a total of 48 short but interesting hours.

This was Colonel William Cody’s house… always cool to see where someone lived back in the day and imagine how life must have been.

Interesting fact: North Platte is home to the world’s largest railyard, Bailey Yard.

There is a lot more history here than once thought…

Goodnight and Goodbye Nebraska…

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