"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 2000 census was 90,410 inhabitants, or about 5.28 percent of the state's population. Its largest city is Scottsbluff, in the west-central part of the area.
Nebraska 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 immoral 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 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...
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...
May 19th, 2014: Awesome Supercell Structure in Nebraska Panhandle!
Took this near Kimball, NE over east to Potter, NE. Please contact Jason Cooley at firstname.lastname@example.org for video usage. Watch this in HD 1080p!
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...
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...
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...
Tornado Nebraska Panhandle
Tornadoes can be small like this one, still fun to catch, this was just a quick 2 hour chase and back home for Tornado Tim www.tornadochaser.net.
Nebraska Panhandle and Eastern Colorado Chase on 6/19/11
Craigslist Panhandle Area Nebraska - Low Prices on Used Cars for Sale by Owner Today
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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...
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:10:45 -0700
SCOTTBLUFF, Nebraska — Scottsbluff police have been joined by a Philadelphia-based crime-solving organization to find out who killed a 40-year-old Nebraska man nearly 6½ years ago. Jason Vesper was slain on Jan. 2, 2008. He'd gone out early that ...
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 05:56:15 -0700
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been killed in separate motor vehicle accidents in the Nebraska Panhandle. One was a Colorado man. The Nebraska State Patrol says a 38-year-old woman died Wednesday morning after she ...
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:55:26 -0700
BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man drowned after his car ran into a Nebraska Panhandle lake. Morrill County Attorney Travis Rodak says pathologists have ruled that 50-year-old Brett Golden, of Redington, died of an accidental drowning last ...
Rapid City Journal
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:48:45 -0700
Farmland values in the Nebraska Panhandle continue to climb, according to results of the annual Nebraska Farm Real Estate Survey released in June. The results reveal that in 2014, the average statewide value of farmland increased 9 percent to $3,315 ...
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 21:27:35 -0700
Cougar Killed in the Nebraska Panhandle. By The Associated Press. CREATED Jul 4, 2014. LINCOLN - The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a mountain lion has been unintentionally killed in a trap. The state wildlife agency says the cougar was ...
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:22:30 -0700
BRIDGEPORT, Nebraska — A 50-year-old man has died after his car ran into a Nebraska Panhandle lake. Morrill County Attorney Travis Rodak says Brett Golden was pronounced dead Wednesday evening at Bridgeport State Recreation Area. Rodak says ...
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:03:45 -0700
Producers harvesting in the northern Nebraska panhandle have reached at least the halfway mark over the weekend. Fifty to 70 percent of the region has been completed. Yields are varying from zero to 90 bushels per acre for dry land wheat and 80 to 120 ...
East Valley Tribune
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:36:24 -0700
When you are in the Nebraska panhandle, you know the Rocky Mountains are not far away. This was Indian country, buffalo lands, where Dull Knife's Sioux warriors escaped captivity and the place where famed warrior Crazy Horse died with a bayonet in his ...
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