The Overland Trail broke off from the Oregon Trail and followed the South Platte River to what is called the Front Range in Colorado. Pioneers and those with the gold bug took this trail between 1862 and 1868. Here at the museum just off of Interstate 76 you can see what life was like in this area in the "village." This historical replica of a western town includes a barber shop and blacksmith shop. See older maps of Northwestern Colorado, old military uniforms, or walk outside and see antique agricultural equipment. Well worth the money and a few hours.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 1pm to 5pm (April through October)
Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (November through March).
The Amtrak train no longer stops here, and sugar beets are not anymore nearly as important to local economy as they used to be. The freeway is the new lifeline of commerce, Hawaiin sugar is cheaper to make from cane. Railroads used to be the lifeline of many of these western towns and the reason they were where they are. A local landowner offered 80 acres to the Union Pacific railroad in 1881 in exchange for a depot, roundhouse, and a hotel. Suddenly Sterling was a stop, a place to stay, and a place to ship produce from. The Union Pacific Sterling Depot was built in 1904 and moved to it's present location in 1984 and was completely restored. The depot has seen visits by US Presidents Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover.
Listed on the National Register of Historical Places the Logan County Courthouse was dedicated in 1910. A local orchestra played in the rotunda to mark the occassion. Now - the block that the courthouse sits in has a beautiful parklike feeling with green grass and shade. A small replica of the statue of Liberty is at the north end of the courthouse. The Northeast corner of the blocks is where for years the "popcorn" man sold his popcorn to the citizens and visitors of Sterling, a small monument marks his memory.
We had to stay on business for several nights over a few months and each time came back to this...more
2020 Leisure Lane, STERLING, CO, 80751
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22140 East Highway 6, Sterling, CO 80751, United States
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12883 Hwy 61, Sterling, CO, 80751-8425, United States
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12881 Hwy. 61, Sterling, CO, 80751
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12881 HIGHWAY 61, Sterling, CO 80751
12883 Highway 61, Sterling, CO 80751
12881 Highway 61, Sterling, CO 80751
This nice cafe serves a full menu including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The feeling is certainly local and I sat at the bar next to a couple of local older farmers as we all read the local newspapers. It must be nice for them to read a news story and recognize many of the family names listed in there as neighbors.
Favorite Dish: I always have to try the biscuits and gravey for breakfast when I am travelling, it's great stick-to-your-ribs food. This was very good with just the right amount of salt, great with scrambled eggs.
You are sitting on the edge of Tornado alley, they are not as frequent here as they are further to the east and the south. However, if you are travelling through or staying here during the severe weather months of May to July you should become familiar with severe weather warning levels. When the threat is announced - you will hear the tornado sirens blaring, sounding like an air raid siren.
A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form and are usually issued for several counties at a time for a period of 4 to 6 hours.
A Tornado Warning is much worse, meaning that a tornado has either been spotted by trained spotters or has been indicated by doppler radar. They are issued for a smaller area and if you hear this it means you are in immediate danger - Take cover right away!