Sidney shines out from the High Plains as an early 21st century triumph for Western Nebraska. Its population has risen above 6,800, and unemployment is almost as low as Cheyenne County’s grassland condos of burrowing prairie dogs.
Whether it’s a taste for the familiar dishes of Grand Island’s landmark diner, the Farmer’s Daughter, or something edgy like The Wave Pizza Company’s “Santa Cruz Slider,” parking on Walnut Street is always worth the hassle.
The roar of the Missouri flowing through the 14 floodgates spanning the shared Nebraska and South Dakota border was a hungry lion waiting to pounce. Soon the nation’s longest river would attack Nebraska with one of the worst floods in its history.