Don Bain's 360° Panoramas of
Nebraska

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Nebraska is divided at the 100th Meridian (the traditional dividing line between East and West in the US) into two equal-size regions totaling 135 panoramas: To begin, just click the regions listed here, or click on the map, or scroll down to see a detailed list of localities.

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My friends thought I was joking when I said I was driving two thousand miles to take landscape panoramas of Nebraska, and I will admit I had my doubts. But I enjoyed it much more than I expected.

First the history: the Oregon Trail, Pony Express, transcontinental railroad, Homestead National Monument, and Willa Cather's hometown of Red Cloud. Plus the wide open spaces and dramatic skies of the plains, the fireflies at night (which I had never seen before). The Niobrara River in the north was unexpectedly beautiful and the Sand Hills country was rich in Indian history and seemingly just waiting for a return of the buffalo herds.

  • The half of Nebraska West of the Hundredth Meridian is typically western, with wide open spaces, arid grasslands, the Sand Hills, and a few rocky bluffs. As a Westerner I felt comfortable there
  • But Nebraska East of the Hundredth Meridian on the other hand is Midwestern - greener, more settled, almost entirely in agriculture, with summer rains and high humidity, plus the city of Omaha. In subtle ways it is not the West as I know it





Prairie schooners on the Oregon Trail at Scotts Bluff

Prairie schooners on the Oregon Trail at Scotts Bluff




Willa Cather's Home in Red Cloud

Willa Cather's Home in Red Cloud


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