What did rural Nebraska travel and recreation look like in the early-to-mid twentieth century? A forested canyon at Long Pine became popular at a time when ordinary Americans saw expanding opportunities for leisure and travel. Rebecca Buller writes about it in “Intersections of Place, Time, and Entertainment in Nebraska’s Hidden Paradise” in the Summer 2011 issue of Nebraska History.
The pine-forested canyon is carved into the seemingly endless rangeland of north central Nebraska. Along the canyon floor, the spring-fed Long Pine Creek flows with 55°F water year-round. In the early twentieth century, entrepreneurs decided that it was the perfect place for a tourist destination. In 1910 they established Long Pine Amusement Park, later known as Hidden Paradise.
—David Bristow, Associate Director for Research and Publications