When travel days land on the weekend, you make ALL the stops! We visited THREE national monuments on our way to Cheyenne: Scotts Bluff National Monument, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, and Fort Laramie National Historic Site!
We didn’t get to drive up to Scotts Bluff because we’re a tad too long and we weren’t prepared to hike it, so we snapped some photos and toured the exhibits before heading on our way. At the Agate Fossil Beds we saw skeletal remains from Miocene mammals and Lakota artifacts given to James Cook by Chief Red Cloud. Darrell Red Cloud, great grandson of Chief Red Cloud, was speaking at the site that day. And last, but not least, Fort Laramie, which was originally established as a fur trading post in 1834. It has the oldest recorded building in Nebraska, “Old Bedlam,” plus 11 other restored buildings and several ruins. We played checkers (neither of us could remember the rules, but Beau definitely won), and drank deliciously cold root beer and cream soda!