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Crawford, Nebraska - Toadstool Geological Park and Campground

Crawford, Nebraska

On assignment for Nebraska Life Magazine for images of Toadstool Geological Park and Campground in Dawes County, Nebraska, I found myself in Crawford, a small town fifteen miles south of this geologic marvel.  While in the town I decided to pursue a future story for the publication and started wandering around, meeting the towns folks. and grabbing some lunch at The Tailgate Bar which either had the best hamburger I’ve ever had, or I was so hungry that it simply tasted that way. A return trip will determine which was true.  

While speaking with some of the citizens of Crawford I learned that on Fridays the big thing to do is to visit the Crawford Livestock Market.  After getting access permission from the owners of the market I made a few images inside, and outside, where Yiddish speaking Amish Cowboys were wrangling cattle from one paddock to the inside of the building, and back outside again.  Crawford has seen a relatively new boom in Amish citizens and many of them are employed at the market to manage the cattle for sale.

Crawford is a city in Dawes County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. The population was 997 at the 2010 census. It was incorporated in 1886 and was named for the late Captain Emmet Crawford, who had been stationed at nearby Fort Robinson.

Friends gathering at the Tailgate Bar for lunch.
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