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This Town In Nebraska Was One Of The Most Dangerous Places In The Nation In The 1870s

Today Ogallala is a quiet little city of fewer than 5000 residents that’s popular with Lake McConaughy visitors. But at one time it was a true wild west town where a man was likely to be shot over something as simple as an argument over a card game.

By the first decade of the 20th century, the atmosphere in Ogallala began to calm. To this day the cattle industry is an integral part of the city’s commerce.

Ogallala sure has changed from its rough early days. Today it’s a rather delightful tourist destination which lets visitors experience a side of Nebraska’s history that they can’t find anywhere else. Have you ever visited? Tell us what you thought in the comments!

For a fun way to experience the area, you can come out to visit Ogallala and then camp right on the beach at nearby Lake McConaughy.

Delana
Delana is a writer and editor who has lived in Nebraska for most of her life.