Cruise down the streets of Ord, especially the south part of town, and see great old homes like these pictured.
Most towns have an annual celebration of some kind. In Ord, Nebraska, it is named for a native daughter, Evelyn Sharp. Miss Sharp was a pioneer in the field of aviation, carving out a path for women aviators to follow. Sadly, she died at the age of 24 in a crash while transporting a plane from factory to shipping point in World War II.
As you can see from the sign, Evelyn Sharp Days are usually held in late May. One of the main activities is a fly-in. Many small planes descend on Evelyn Sharp Field during the celebration.
I am not a golfer, but this looks to me like a very nice course! The Ord Links are open to the public. I took this picture from the clubhouse, which sits on a hill overlooking the course. (Coloradoans are raised to believe that there are no hills in Nebraska, so please do not let them see this picture. ha.)
Its an early Cavalry Fort just 7 miles north of Ord on Highway 11. At that point you will arrive at the tiny village of Elyria. Watch for the sign pointing you east to the Fort, just 3 miles away on paved road.
Fort Hartstuff was an active post during 1874-1881. The post operated during the Plains Indian Wars and functioned as a relief post for settlers on the plains. In addition to this, it became a social center where settlers could find work as well as sell produce from their farms. When the railroad came through, there was no more need for the fort and it was closed. Today, the Nebraska Game and Parks commission runs the area as a living history site. On holidays and Sundays, guides in period uniforms interpret the history regarding the post.
The rural areas can be beautiful and interesting. Today in a brief drive in the country I saw some interesting mailbox art and also saw two Pheasants fighting in the middle of the road! You never know.
I suggest purchasing a DeLorme Atlas before venturing too far into the countryside. It will show you every country road and where it leads. These atlases have saved me much time, miles, and frustration.
Second suggestion: do not go into the countryside if it has just rained, you could get stuck. Many roads are well gravelled and safe, but some are not.
People in rural areas all over the midwest like to make a statement about their individuality and perhaps their talents as well, by making unique mailboxes. I snapped this example of mailbox art about 6 miles south of Ord, Nebraska.