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Nebraska Library Commission Western Trails Project

Western Trails
The Nebraska Library Commission makes available the following full-text documents from the Nebraska Government Information Services Collection, as part of the Nebraska Western Trails Project.

The Cowboy Trails Master Plan
The Cowboy Trails Master Plan:

A collaboration between the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy and The Clark Enersen Partners
, February 1997.

The Cowboy Trail, the nation's longest rail to trail conversion, was once part of the Chicago & North Western railroad's Cowboy Line. The route covers 321 miles across northern Nebraska from Norfolk to Chadron. This Master Plan describes the trail development and planning process.
 Nebraska Nature Trails

By Ruth Fleming, Nature Specialist for the Federal Works Agency Works Project Administration Recreation Program, 1938.

This WPA publication instructs the nature enthusiast in "the laying and enjoying of a marked trail in the woods or across the prairie." Chapters on floral, tree, flowerless, animal, bird, insect, water life, fossil and historical trails are accompanied by sketches by William Theo Ocker.  Sample signs and activities for trail users are included, along with poems and quotations.   A list of books available for loan from the Nebraska Library Commission, a bibliography for further reading, and a list of free government publications is included. 
A Network of Discovery:

A Comprehensive Trails Plan for the State of Nebraska. RDG Martin Shukert and Ciaccio Dennell Group, for the Nebraska Energy Office and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development,  July 1994.

To build on the recreational trails movement in Nebraska and to promote recreational travel that does not use fossil fuels, the Nebraska Energy Office commissioned the preparation of this document. The plan provides a statewide framework for trails planning and development efforts.
A Story of Highway Development in Nebraska

By George E. Koster, Project Development Division of the Nebraska Department of Roads, 1997. 

An updated and expanded version of a 1986 edition by the author, written in informal style without bibliography or footnotes.   It traces the development of roads in Nebraska from the first county road law passed in 1856 to the completion of Interstate 680 in 1975, along with the evolution of the Department of Roads from the Office of Road Inquiry in 1903 to its present organization. Many quotations from interviews with former highway workers are included. 

Western Trails
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Western Trails
Supported in part by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

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