"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...
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...
SUPERCELL EPIC, NEBRASKA PANHANDLE
May 19, 2014 Southern Nebraska Panhandle supercell.
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...
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...
Nebraska Panhandle and Eastern Colorado Chase on 6/19/11
Nebraska Panhandle Drive
It seems as though a song can blend into the open landscape or run along it. The thought/feeling and song will change from time to time but the open landscap...
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:19:23 -0800
Gas prices in Chadron and Sidney, Nebraska, have dropped below $2 per gallon, as gas stations in those two Panhandle towns engage in a fierce price war. The average gas price across the state was $2.52 on Tuesday, according to AAA. According to ...
Nebraska Radio Network
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:07:30 -0800
A hazmat call went out before 10:30 this morning for a jackknifed semi tractor-trailer at mile marker 63 that was leaking fuel. We measured four inches of snow in Sidney's Legion Park. Winds have been causing snow to drift in spots and around corners ...
Grand Island Independent
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:33:45 -0800
(AP) — A locomotive has struck an unoccupied vehicle at a crossing four miles south of Morrill in the Nebraska Panhandle. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald (http://bit.ly/1uMMyuR ) reports that the incident occurred Wednesday morning. Union Pacific says the ...
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:44:54 -0800
ALLIANCE, Nebraska — An 84-year-old woman was killed and her adult daughter was injured in a home explosion in the Nebraska Panhandle. A propane buildup caused the Thursday morning blast that leveled the rural Alliance farmhouse and killed ...
Nebraska Radio Network
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:33:45 -0800
... promotes, and facilitates distribution of marijuana. Bruning added legalizing marijuana in Colorado has led to increased illegal trafficking of marijuana in Nebraska, which he said is being most felt by county law enforcement in Nebraska's Panhandle.
High Plains Journal
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:41:15 -0800
Results of the 2014 dry bean variety trails conducted by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center have been posted on a UNL website. The 2014 dry bean variety trials were planted at two locations: great northern, kidney, pinto ...
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:09:49 -0800
LINCOLN — Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning filed a lawsuit Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking a declaration that Colorado's legalization of marijuana violates the U.S. Constitution. At a press conference Thursday, Bruning said he was ...
Norfolk Daily News (blog)
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:49:26 -0800
Frakes was born and raised in the Nebraska Panhandle, where his family has lived and continues to live for five generations. Frakes and his team spent several months traveling the state in 2014 to capture video and photographs that document the beauty ...
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