~ Lincoln, Nebraska ~
"US Route 34: The road to Lincoln"
I traveled through Nebraska in 1991 with my parents and brother as part of a family road trip to Colorado. We entered Nebraska at the southeastern border town of Nebraska City. From here we took US 75 north for 12 miles until US 34, an east-west route that would give us a straight shot to Lincoln, where we could ultimately pick up Interstate 80. Our first impression of US 34 was the rather bleak and eerie “town” of Union. Union literally consisted of a few small stand-alone buildings on opposite sides of the road with empty land between and behind them. It looked like an abandoned ghost town. From here, the route to Lincoln passed through miles of farmlands with the occasional rural hamlets tucked off the highway.
"A city in the plains"
While our route was too far south to justify going up through Omaha, the state’s largest city, Lincoln provided a more urbanized departure from our rural trek through the prairies. As Nebraska’s capital, second-largest city, and the home of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln is a bustling place. Our route along US 34 took us into the suburban southeastern side of the city. The most prominent sight that I remember is the state capitol building, Lincoln’s tallest and only real skyscraper. It is a sight that we actually could start seeing from miles away, while we were still amidst the farm fields.
We left Lincoln via Interstate 80, heading west toward our pit stop for the day, Grand Island.
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