DRIVE THE BACK ROADS
Cattle graze on the lush spring grass in a ravine about 14 miles north of Gothenburg, Nebraska. You just never know what you might come across in the countryside. I suggest you equip yourself with a DeLorme Atlas of Nebraska (and for any other state if you will be taking back roads) as it will show you every road in the state, and where it will lead you. These atlases have saved me many miles and much frustration. Also: don't venture into the countryside after a rain; some roads are not safe when wet.
"HOME OF THE SWEDES"
Gothenburg, Nebraska was founded by Swedish immigrants and even today the high school teams are known as the "Swedes". My piano tuning business takes me to lots of small towns, and if someone told me that I had to live in a town of 4000 people or less, I might just choose Gothenburg. It is located along Interstate 80 and highway 30 about 30 miles east of North Platte.
"CORN AND MORE CORN"
A field of corn arises from the earth in early spring just outside of Gothenburg, Nebraska. Soon these stalks will stand five or six feet high. This is field corn, not sweet corn. It will not be eaten by humans, but by livestock, producing "corn-fed beef", the best beef in the world.
And yes, that is a hill in the background. Coloradoans are taught that Nebraska has no hills, so please do not show them this photo. ha ha
"REMEMBER THE PIONEERS"
South of town is a simple yet elegant marker asking us to remember those who settled this fertile land so long ago.