Americana – Rock County, Nebraska by Steve Shor

In early October I traveled to Rock County, Nebraska for several days of photography. This area is in the North East section of Nebraska maybe 70 miles south east from the Badlands of South Dakota.

It is a cattle ranching area and typical ranches are in the thousands of acres to provide enough grassland for their cattle since everything here grows on a base of sand and the prairie grass is not very dense.

I stayed in the town of Bassett which is right in the heart of this sand hill country and a good spot from which to explore the surrounding territory. At first it seemed like quite a desolate area, but it is anything but that.

Below are a few of the images I obtained during my few days there:

 

Bassett Lodge and Ranch Cafe. This was the lobby of the circa 1950"s hotel I stayed at while there.  It was like going back in time 50 or 60 years.

Bassett Lodge and Ranch Cafe. This was the lobby of the circa 1950″s hotel I stayed at while there. It was like going back in time 50 or 60 years.

As I was out on a drive one morning I noticed that there was a lot of commotion at this particular intersection near Ainsworth, Nebraska. Turns out there was a small cattle drive crossing the road.

Cowboy helping to guide cattle across the road.

Cowboy helping to guide cattle across the road.


 
 
 

Cowboy and pickup truck

Cowboy and pickup truck


 
 
 

Modern day practices combine cowboys on horseback, in trucks and on ATV's.

Modern day practices combine cowboys on horseback, in trucks and on ATV’s.


 
 
 

Entrance on dirt road going back to someones home.

Entrance on dirt road going back to someones home.


 
 
 

Windmill on ranch to help keep water available for roaming cattle.

Windmill on ranch to help keep water available for roaming cattle.


 
 
 

Remains of car that got stuck and buried in the mud

Remains of car that got stuck and buried in the mud


 
 
 

Bales of hay soon to be picked up

Bales of hay soon to be picked up


 
 
 

Larger cattle drive out in the sand hills

Larger cattle drive out in the sand hills


 

By Member Steve Shor

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