"Western Nebraska" redirects here. For the village in Saline County, see Western, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting the Panhandle
The Nebraska Panhandle is an area in the western part of the state of Nebraska and one of several U.S. state panhandles, or elongated geographical regions that extend from their main political entity.
The Nebraska panhandle is two-thirds as broad as the rest of the state. It is approximately 100 miles east to west and 125 miles north to south. The Nebraska panhandle roughly encompasses the area in Nebraska between 102° and 104°W longitude and 41° and 43°N latitude. It comprises eleven counties with a combined land area of 14,180.76 square miles (36,728.0 km²), or about 18.45 percent of the state's land. Its population as of the 2010 Census was 87,789 inhabitants, or about 4.70 percent of the state's population. Its largest city is Scottsbluff, in the west-central part of the area.
Nebraska voluntarily gave up its southwestern corner to Colorado because the mountainous terrain of the territory was not suited for railroads, and miners working in the mountains were widely seen as an rowdy bunch and a threat to the farming way of life.
Cities and Towns
Major cities in the Nebraska panhandle include:
As part of a general trend in migration from rural to metropolitan areas, most counties in the Nebraska panhandle have seen population decreases in recent decades; however, Scotts Bluff, Dawes, and Cheyenne counties increased their populations from the years 1990 to 2000 and again from 2000 to 2010. While out-migration from the Panhandle exceeds in-migration, a study coordinated by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln surveyed and interviewed a sample of newcomers to the region in order to understand their demographic makeup and reasons for relocation. Results indicated that in-migrants to the Nebraska panhandle were on average younger and had higher average incomes and educational levels than other area residents; in-migrants cited a "simpler pace of life," reduced congestion, and lower costs of living among their reasons for relocation.
Points of Interest
The Nebraska panhandle has a great deal of geographical and geological diversity; the region itself is made up of several smaller areas. Areas, features, and sites of interest in the Nebraska panhandle include:
The Nebraska panhandle borders the states of South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado.
Coordinates: 42°N 103°W / 42°N 103°W
Nebraska Panhandle Rails
From sandhills to farm fields, three major railroads travel through the vast countryside of western Nebraska. Take a ride in the cab with the Chicago & North...
1981 Disney Film Crew in the Nebraska Panhandle
News story from the NTV network which served Central and Western Nebraska and northern Kansas. The various stations were affiliated with ABC in 1981. In this...
May 19th, 2014: Awesome Supercell Structure in Nebraska Panhandle!
Took this near Kimball, NE over east to Potter, NE. Please contact Jason Cooley at email@example.com for video usage. Watch this in HD 1080p!
Tornado in Nebraska Panhandle
This video from just northwest of Kimball, NE was shot on the afternoon of June 5, 2009. The tornado was still in Wyoming at the time this was shot Follow me...
SE Wyoming and Nebraska Panhandle (Dix, NE Tornado) - 6/22/13
This footage starts east of Chugwater, Wy on Lone Tree Road where I filmed the tornado warned cell with strong rotation was observed and was made into a time...
June 4th, 2014: Nebraska Panhandle Severe Storms & Funnel!
A marginal day for severe weather yields a nice cluster of severe storms in far west Nebraska near Kimball. Had a funnel, damaging hail, and stunning structu...
Supercells In Motion 3: Nebraska Panhandle
Time lapse of a low-precipitation supercell that tracked across the southern NE Panhandle into extreme northeast CO on 1 June 2008. Note the strengthening me...
SUPERCELL EPIC, NEBRASKA PANHANDLE
May 19, 2014 Southern Nebraska Panhandle supercell.
Pronghorn Antelope (Panhandle of Nebraska)
I was just driving down a country road and he just started running along side me, I was driving about 45 mph, And as you can see, He was keeping up!
Nebraska Panhandle and Eastern Colorado Chase on 6/19/11
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:37:30 -0800
GERING, Neb. (AP) — Investors in a proposed beef processing plant say they are close to choosing a site in the western Nebraska panhandle for the project. Investors told reporters Tuesday that they have been meeting with officials from Gering and ...
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 04:58:21 -0800
Even the lower estimate concerned residents of Nebraska's panhandle opposed to the project. Some felt the increased truck traffic along the two lanes of Highway 29 and in Mitchell specifically would be excessive. The shear amount of wastewater could ...
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:14:04 -0800
Steve Frederick has lived in the western Nebraska Panhandle for 24 years. He lives in the metropolitan area of Scotts Bluff, is a fishing writer and editor, and is a member of the Scotts Bluff County Tourism Committee. He is very interested in what ...
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:23:44 -0800
BAYARD, Neb. -- A train carrying coal from Wyoming to Arkansas derailed near Bayard in Western Nebraska this morning. The accident happened at about 11:40 Mountain Time. 29 cars of the 136 car train came off the tracks. Union Pacific spokesman Mark ...
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:18:45 -0800
DALTON, Neb. (AP) -- Two people have been arrested as authorities investigate the passing of counterfeit money in the Nebraska Panhandle. A 22-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were taken into custody on Thursday in Dalton as officers searched a ...
Scottsbluff Star Herald
Scottsbluff Star Herald
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:03:40 -0800
The Nebraska Panhandle is in a unique environment in that it has low rainfall (12-14 inches annually) and also a high elevation (3,800 to just over 5,000 feet). The challenge this creates is that most permanent pastures are cool season predominate and ...
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:48:45 -0800
GERING, NE - The mother of a Nebraska Panhandle 2-year-old who was slain in 2008 has refused to testify at the trial of her former boyfriend. Charyse Geurts was found in contempt of court on Tuesday after she claimed her Fifth Amendment right against ...
Lincoln Journal Star
Lincoln Journal Star
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:00:00 -0800
Boxed out from their county's property tax levy, the rural firefighters in Nebraska's Panhandle needed to ask voters directly to help fund their budget. But they ran out of time to get on the ballot in 2007. So they took out a line of credit, floating ...
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