A year ago a young man from Boston stopped into the Chamber Office, his name was Bryan Farr. He told me that he was making a second trip across the country on highway 20. He had traveled highway 20 the year before and had written a picture book about the longest highway in the United States. Well, he educated me, as I had no idea I had lived on a Historic Route most of my life. Highway 20 goes from water to water – Boston, MA to Newport, OR
He believed that folks should be made aware of the historic significance of Highway 20 and how special each and every City, Town, Village and Hamlet along the route is and all they have to offer.
On his return trip Bryan stayed over and met with our Chamber Board The Sheridan County Journal Star and KSDZ radio, explaining his goals for the Historic Route 20 Association. We joined the association right then as we could see that this Association would help us with our Tourism efforts.
Now, not quite a year later Harlen Wheeler, president of the Sheridan County Historical Society , Fred Hlava, City Manager, Mayor Nancy Russell and the City Council have the foresight the see the benefits that the Historic Route 20 Association brings to our community by promoting tourism. I would also like to thank Bob Mills or the State of Nebraska Highway Department for his blessing of this project. I applaud all of you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this dedication happen. West bound traffic will be greeted with the Historic Route 20 sign from Hamilton Park, where overnight camping, playground and RV dump are located, East bound traffic will be greeted with the Historic Route 20 sign from a corner near the Western Café which serves the best Oriental food in Town!
Gordon is the only community between Valentine and Chadron that has a Chamber Office that is open daily and we receive many calls and e-mails requesting information about our area from visitors traveling Historic Route 20 or as Bryan Farr states- taking a “Journey through History across Americas longest highway!”
So again I thank the City of Gordon and the Sheridan County Historical Society for becoming a part of the Historic Route 20 Association, helping to promote our wonderful part of the country! We join communities across all 12 States Historic Route 20 travels through. Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts.
Now, when someone asks you where you’re from, you can proudly say “I am from Gordon Nebraska located in the beautiful and unique Sandhills of Western Nebraska on Historic U S Route 20, the longest highway in the United States!”
Posted on Mon, May 11, 2015
by Gordon Chamber