I'm not a Dannebrog resident, but here's how I understand it. Local resident and CBS reporter Roger Welch sometimes met television personality Dick Cavett and the late Charles Kuralt of CBS fame at a local tavern and the three proceeded to exchange stories. Sometimes the late Johnny Carson was involved as well. Somehow this led to a sort of competition and, well, you get the idea. In fact, Johnny Carson won the competition one year. By the way, Dick Cavett is from the town of Gibbon, Nebraska. Inside you will find a variety of interesting items for browsing. This is a good place to buy books written by Roger Welch. I bought one that tells the "behind the scenes" stories of how his "Postcards from Nebraska" were filmed.
Here is the Dannebrog Post Office, made famous by local resident Roger Welch. Welch for years produced five-minute segments for the "CBS Sunday Morning" program. These segments were called "Postcards from Nebraska" and they gave city folk a glimpse of what rural life is really like.
My favorite "postcard" has Roger Welch standing in front of this post office explaining the fact that in small towns, they don't need addresses. They don't need addresses because everybody knows where everybody else lives, so they just drive there!
He told the story of how a lady in New York was to ship him a package but she needed a complete mailing address or she could not send it. So, to make her happy, Roger made up an address that involved lines like "loading dock 113D, 327th street" and so on. The mailman brought the package right to Roger's mailbox anyway.
THERE IS A NICE TRAIL THAT YOU WILL SEE BY THE ROAD IF YOU ARE COMING UP FROM THE SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 58.
Food here is prepared with great love and pride in community. The head cook was Harriet, who has been featured on the CBS "Sunday Morning" show.
Local resident Roger Welch narrated dozens of "Postcards from Nebraska" segments on the show, some featuring Harriet's Cafe.
Charles Kuralt and Dick Cavett often stopped in Dannebrog to visit with Roger Welch. If you are in Harriet's you might see Roger too.
2013 update: it is now called K's Cafe and is under new ownership.
Favorite Dish: They now feature primarily sandwiches and such. No Sunday buffet anymore. sorry.
It is customary in Dannebrog to fly the Danish flag along with the U.S. flag. The breeze was not cooperating when I took this picture, but there are a couple of Danish flags, two U.S. flags, and a Nebraska state flag all flying, or rather hanging limply, in this photo.
Fondest memory: These photos simply show you what it looks like as you drive into town from the east. The second photo shows Harriet's Restaurant on the left. If you turn right at that intersection, you will go downtown. Of course, downtown is only about two blocks long, but its an interesting two blocks. The third photo shows you driving out toward the west end of town and on to the Middle Loup River only a mile or so ahead.