Rock Creek Station life reenacted

LINCOLN — At a special living history event on Aug. 17 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park, living historians from across the country will reenact the daily life of the site in 1864.

During "A Walk Back in Time," living historians will inhabit the park’s reconstructed road ranch, demonstrating haying, carpentry, blacksmithing, stock tending and running a mid-19th century Overland Trail road ranch in Nebraska Territory.

Several living historians will be traveling in from out of state, from as far away as Texas and Minnesota, said park superintendent Jeff Bargar.

Bargar hopes visitors walk away with a richer understanding of the world of Rock Creek Station, which was "an interstate of the 1800s," he said.

"When you think of ‘pioneer and immigrant experiences,’ you think of a line of wagons headed west. That’s not the actual life of that era," Bargar said.

Rock Creek Station was established in 1857 along the Oregon and California trails. It was a supply center and resting spot for westward emigrants and later became a Pony Express relay station. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission developed it as a state historical park in 1980.

Rock Creek Station State Historical Park is located at 57426 710 Road, approximately 6 miles east of Fairbury in Jefferson County. For more information, call the park at 402-729-5777. A park entry permit is required.

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CRAWFORD — Tickets will soon go on sale for the 25th annual Christmas dinner at Fort Robinson State Park. The event Dec. 7 will take people back to 1878, an important year in the fort’s history.

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Norfolk native Anthony Thompson snapped this photo at one of the rest areas along the Cowboy Trail west of Ta-Ha-Zouka Park. “When you see a sunset like this one on the Elkhorn River, you are reminded of the incredible beauty of the Elkhorn River valley,” Thompson said.

LINCOLN — Preliminary deer check-in numbers indicate that statewide harvest numbers are up approximately 8% compared to the 2018 opening weekend of Nebraska’s firearm season.

Gunnar Kruid, 12, of Madison shows off his first antelope. The 3½-year-old doe was taken with a .243 caliber rifle in the Box Butte West unit on Nov. 2. Gunnar was hunting with his dad on private property.

December calendar of events

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in November. Get more event details at Visit for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes.

Dec. 1 – Bobcat hunting and trapping season opens

Dec. 1-31 – Muzzleloader deer hunting season

Dec. 1-Jan. 15, 2020 – Antlerless elk hunting season

Dec. 4-8 – Pearl Harbor Exhibit, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun

Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 – Christmas at the Codys’, Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP, North Platte

Dec. 7 – Kids Christmas Bird Count, Lake Minatare State Recreation Area (SRA), Minatare

Dec. 7 – Historical Christmas Dinner, Fort Robinson State Park (SP), Crawford

Dec. 7-8 – DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) antlerless muzzleloader deer season

Dec. 7-31 – Light Up the Fort, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford

Dec. 7, 14, 21 – Christmas in the Woods, Ponca SP, Ponca

Dec. 8 – White-fronted goose hunting season, first segment closes

Dec. 14 – Nature’s Gifts: Decorations from the Great Outdoors, Wildcat Hills SRA, Gering

Dec. 14 – Classic Christmas, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland

Dec. 14-22 – Boyer Chute NWR antlerless deer hunting

Dec. 15 – Crow hunting season, first segment ends

Dec. 16 – Snipe hunting season closes

Dec. 17 – Duck and coot hunting season closes in zones 2 and 4

Dec. 18 – Christmas Bird Count, Ponca SP, Ponca

Dec. 21 – Yule Log Festival, Platte River SP, Louisville

Dec. 22 – Bighorn sheep hunting season closes

Dec. 24 – Duck and coot hunting season closes in Zone 1

Dec. 25 – Light goose hunting season, first segment closes

Dec. 28 – 8th Annual Winterfest, Ponca SP, Ponca

Dec. 31 – Archery antelope hunting season closes

Dec. 31 – Archery deer and Whitetail Statewide Buck hunting seasons close

Dec. 31 – Underwater spearfishing season closes

Dec. 31 – Archery fishing for game fish closes