Introducing Northern Panhandle
Get a feel for the tough lives led by early residents at the Museum of the Fur Trade, 3 miles east of Chadron. It includes the restored sod-roofed Bordeaux Trading Post, which swapped pelts for guns, blankets and whiskey from 1837 to 1876.
Fort Robinson State Park, 4 miles west of Crawford, is where Crazy Horse was killed in 1877 while in captivity. It has a museum, camping and cabins.
At Harrison, detour 23 miles south on pastoral Hwy 29 to reach Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, a rich source of unusual fossils dating back 20 million years. The Native American artifact display is small but excellent.