North of the I-76, Old Sterling sits in a cozy six-block grid. Edged by an active rail yard, it still has a dated brick-house charm, although new natural-gas money is injecting fresh life into the once depressed burg. When the sweet old ladies at the Visitors Information Center in the rest area are asked what there is to see around here, and they reply with a shrug and ‘Not much,’ you get the feeling that this once major stop on the Overland Trail, a covered wagon superhighway that brought settlers west to the gold country, has seen its best and most historic days.
In reality, unless you are passing through town, there's no reason to visit Sterling. However, once you are here you will be rewarded with some quaint portraits of heartland America. Be sure to check out Pawnee National Grassland on your way to Fort Collins.