Rock Creek Station Living History Weekends
3rd Saturday Each Month
May - October
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rock Creek Station
State Historical Park
57426 710 Road (6 miles SE of Fairbury)
Call For Info (402) 729-5777
*Park Entry Permit Required
Rock Creek Station invites you to join them for a living history day held every 3rd Saturday May through October. A vehicle park entry permit is required; and can be purchased at the Visitor Center. With your admission you gain access to Rock Creek’s pristine site and park activities. Experience history come to life; this is not an opportunity you will want to miss!
Rock Creek Station, one of America’s most picturesque westward trail sites, has been beautifully reconstructed along the Oregon, California, and Pony Express trails. This amazing 394 acre site features original trail ruts, native and restored tall grass prairie, woodland edges and 5 log buildings, situated along the banks of Rock Creek. Rock Creek Station was active during the 1850’s and 1860’s as a stopping place along the trail, and was a station on the route of the short lived Pony Express. This Pony Express swing station or ‘road ranche’ was host to many historic characters, the most colorful being Wild Bill Hickok; who killed his first man at Rock Creek in 1861.
This summer, every 3rd Saturday will be a step back to 1865; depicting the events of 150 years ago. We invite you to experience a day in the life of the early Nebraskans who laid claim to the Great Plains. The Civil War has come to a close, and the nation is once again setting its sights on expansion in the West. The overland trails surge with traffic. Many are heading westward in pursuit of opportunities in the unsettled territories – providing the economic life-blood for road ranches like Rock Creek Station. Visitors will have a chance to see life as it was, as living historians portray the daily tasks of those living and working at the Station. While the smoke from Wild Bill’s guns may be long gone, this scenic site along the overland trails will come to life this summer.
The Park’s Visitor Center is open from 10am-5pm, seven days a week (Apr 25-Sept. 20); Visitor Center admission is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children 3-12 years of age. The park boasts miles of scenic trails, providing the perfect place to walk, hike, bike, or bring your own animal and saddle up for a trail ride. Both modern and primitive camping facilities offer campers a place to relax, with a variety of amenities including special facilities for those with horses.
About Rock Creek Station and the Great Plains Garrison
The Great Plains Garrison is a group of living historians from across the state dedicated to supporting the historic sites of Nebraska. They host annual events at Rock Creek Station and other State Historic Parks and museums throughout the state. They plan to host a larger Living History event at Rock Creek Station for Labor Day Weekend 2015.
For more information about the events, please call the park at 402-729-5777 or visit www.OutdoorNebraska.org