Whether you prefer traditional art, Western History or unique sites, Alliance and Box Butte County have something for you to enjoy.
Carhenge is undoubtedly the most famous attraction in Box Butte County and is located 2½ miles north of Alliance on Highway 87. A replica of Stonehenge, Carhenge attracts about 80,000 visitors annually. A more traditional approach to art can be found at the Carnegie Arts Center, at Laramie and 4th Streets. Four galleries provide space for displays of artists from Nebraska and neighboring states.
Alliance’s historic downtown echoes the footsteps of its past. A walking tour of downtown enables you to step back in history, with each building unfolding its heritage. Continuing your trip through Western Nebraska heritage, you will be able to visit a turn of the century frontier town at Dobby Lee’s Frontier Town, on east 25th Street.
Many visitors plan their trips to Box Butte County during one of the area’s many annual celebrations, like Fun Days, Heritage Days, the Box Butte County Fair, the Christmas Diorama, from Thanksgiving to New Years, or Winterfest, throughout the holiday season.
Knight Museum and Sandhills Center – This brand new, modern facility which was re-opened in 2010, features five areas of history including life in the town and life in the country; Native American life; life in the Sandhills and information about the railroad and how it functioned in the formation of this area. The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center is also famous for its genealogy room dedicated to research and known for the broad range of records it houses, which are all available to the public. Admission is free of charge.The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center is located at 908 Yellowstone in Alliance, NE. You may contact them at: 308-762-2384.
The Carnegie Arts Center is a beautiful fine arts facility situated in the restored former Carnegie Library, built in 1911. Opened in 1993, it provides children and adults with a variety of exhibits, workshops and special events. A sculpture garden was also opened in 2001, and offers a place for social, cultural and educational events. 19 exhibits a year are displayed. Admission is free and Carnegie Arts Center is open to the public at 204 W. 4th Street in Alliance, on Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm and on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm.
The Sallows Military Museum was opened in 2004 to honor all of those who have served our great country. See displays of varied military items, including firearms, flags, uniforms, memorabilia, pictures, written documents and accessories necessary to the everyday survival of those who have given of themselves to this country. Displays range from the Indian Wars, WWI, WWII, the Alliance Air Base, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. See these displays at 1101 Niobrara Avenue from 1 to 4 pm on Mondays – Fridays and on Sundays from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. To arrange alternate visiting hours, please call 762-2384 or 762-2385.
The Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at 2610 CR 57, is located 3 miles southeast of Alliance, near the municipal airport. The cemetery is open for visitation of graves from dawn to dusk 7 days a week, and the Administration Building is open Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
In the spring of 1942, the US Army selected 31,489 acres of land outside of Alliance to build an air field. The primary mission of the air field was to train aircrews of C-47 and C-53 transports and CG-4 gliders, along with airborne troops they would carry into battle. Sixty three years later, the City of Alliance donated twenty acres, which had once been used as a troop training field, to the Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs. With funds raised by the local community and startup appropriations from the State of Nebraska, the request for a State Veterans Cemetery was approved. The US Department of Veterans Affairs State Cemetery Grant Program provided the remaining amount of funds to construct and equip the cemetery.
Ground was broken in October of 2008 to begin construction of Nebraska’s first State Veterans Cemetery. The Cemetery was dedicated and presented to the public on August 13, 2010. The first interment was held January 21, 2011. For more information, please contact Allen Pannell, Cemetery Administrator, at 877-420-7990.
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