EVENTS

September 21 - Fall 5 Point Pitch Tournament, 1st event, Lusk Liquor Store, noon.

September 23 - Blood Drive at Fairgrounds,1:30-6:30 p.m.

September 23 Middle School Football at Dougals, 4:30.

September 25 - Middle School Volleyball at Guernsey. 4:30.

September 26 & 27 - High School Golf at Thermopolis

. September 26 - High School Football at Tongue River, 1:00; High School Volleyball at Burns.

September 27 - High School Volleyball at Saratoga; Middle School Volleyball, Lusk Tournament.

September 30 - Lusk Elks Hunter/Rancher Feed, Lusk Elks Lodge.

September 28, Fall 5 Point Pitch Tournament, The Pub, noon.

September 29 - High School JV Football at Lingle.

September 30 - Middle School Volleyball, Douglas at Lusk.

October 11 - 2014 Pony Express Auction, The Pub, 6 p.m.,
ALL proceeds go to the Stagecoach Muesum.

October 19 -, Fall 5 Point Pitch Tournament, Lost Springs, noon.

October 25 - Lusk Elks Halloween Party.

October 26 -, Fall 5 Point Pitch Tournament, Three Sisters, noon.

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The 2014 Pony Express ride was held recently from Plezal (in southeast Niobrara) to Lusk. A special riderless horse was used to carry the mail on the last stage honoring Tuffy Schrader, long time Express supporter. The mail was brought to the Lusk Post Office and hand stamped with the Pony Express stamp before going into the US mail....


Niobrara Birthdays presented by
Allbright's True Value
September 19 - Lee Brown; September 20 - Tom Price, Travis Smith; September 22 - Don Redder; September 23 - Ron Price; September 24 - Marleen Sides, Ken Gaukel, Kathleen Jackson; September 27 - Tacy Thomas, Anita Gieke, Bud Reed; September 29 - Val Peterson, Esther Pearson; September 30 - Shawn Bruegger, Julie Greenough; October 1 - Carol Pearson, Danny Scott, Paul Even; October 2 - Ron Pfister, Don West; October 4 - Ryan Prather; Ocotber 5 - Shirley Wasson, Garnet Heckert. October 6 - Alex Wasserburger, James Santistevan, Prosper Etchemendy, Bev Younie; October 7 - Eugene Novak. Octobr 8 - Fred Christman, John Lashmett; October 9 - Kay Green; October 10 - Rose Kremers, Leslie Hammond; October 11 - Lore' Tirado; October 12 - Clyde Peterson, Jason Stallman, Kevin Dobson; October 14 - Thelman Heany, Dan Thompson; October 15 - Jerry Fullmer, Sammie Scott, Bernice Lowe, Jim Tangney; October 16 - John DeGering, Julene Lindberg; October 17 - Shirley Mohnsen, Celena Bonsell; October 18 - Bruce Himes, Sena Pearson; October 19 - Melissa Wagner; October 22 - Bill Dockery; October 24 - Rod Pfister; October 25 - Fred Thomas, Verna Soester; October 26 - Charlie Rowse, Steve Wedemeyer, Gene Bartow, Trevor Lemons; October 27 - Aaron Christianson; October 28 - Sheila Thompson, Peggy Fitzwater.

Hunting seasons have been opening and the general season for deer and antelope opens October 1.
We invite hunters to enjoy Niobrara, support our sponsors and attend the annual Elks Hunter/Rancher Feed September 30....

Fall 5 Point Pitch Tournament

September 21 - Liquor Store; September 28 - The Pub; October 19 - Lost Springs;
October 26 - Three sisters; November 9 - The Pub; November 23 - Silver Dollar; December 7 - Lusk Elks.
Click Here for current tournament standings!

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Lusk Recycling Center Information
Hours: Monday - 8am to noon; Wednesday - 8am to noon
Friday - 8am to noon; Saturday - 10:00am to 2:00pm
The following items are accepted at the recycling center - plastic bottles, paper, glass, newspapers, computer paper must be separate, shredded paper, cardboard boxes, office paper, magazines, catalogues, aluminum cans, steel cans (tin).
The recycling center is located next to the EMT barn off of West Daley Street.

Library Hours
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Yes, it happened on September 15, many parts of Niobrara received some snow, Lusk had almost 3 inches on the ground that morning...

In 1923, a man named Frank Hayes earned the distinction of becoming the first (and so far only) person to win a horse race posthumously. Hayes was actually a trainer rather than a jockey, and he was riding a 20-1 underdog named Sweet Kiss. It seems that Hayes suffered a heart attack in the midst of the race, but his body stayed in the saddle while Sweet Kiss beat the odds to cross the finish line first. For the rest of her life, the horse he rode was nicknamed
"Sweet Kiss of Death".

You never know what type of "really big thing" is going to go through Niobrara next....

With the combination of cool to cold nights and warm dry days Niobrara is experience the fall display of colors is beginning and could be really pretty...

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A new sign explaining the significance of the stage station at hat creek was dedicated recently.
This replica coach was moved from the stagecoach muesum for the event and makes a great photo in front of the station...

Back by popular demand! Gold in the Black Hills!

The larger freighting outfits used the Murphy or Kern wagons made in St. Louis, and later, the Schuttler from Chicago, the Studebaker, or the Bain.

In Cheyenne, John Nealon handled the Studebaker, while Herman Haas dealt in Bain Wagons, Cayuga Chief, and iron, hardwood of all kinds, ox yokes, bows, chains, and the like. The Bain wagon which Haas sold was equipped with improved California brake and was mad especially for the Wyoming and Black Hills trade. Haas, a native of Prussia, who was one of the most skilled blacksmiths and wagon-makers of the western plains country, advertised early in 1876 that his wagons had "felloes boiled in oil; timber lies in stock years before being used; no tire can come loose in any climate. Every wagon is warranted to be no. One in every respect." He also carried a full line of express and freight wagons with all kinds of repairs for them.

One type of wagon, used for long hauls in the mountainous country, had a linch pin dropped through the groove in the outer rim of the hub into a rectangular hole in the spindle. The wheel was kept in place in this way by the turning of the wheelk, which kept the pin head from working out.

Most ot the teamsters carried heavy chains called "rough locks," to lock the wheels on steep mountain descents. Some use wagon shoes, made of stout clevises with sharp steel calks hung from a chain and pinned to the uphill hind wheel to keep the wagon from skidding and perhaps dragging the team over an icy ledge.

During the Indian troubles, the freight trains had "out riders," men on horseback in the lead and at the rear of the train, acting as scouts, always on the alert for the flash of a mirror from a hill top, a small puff of smoke, or a swift moving cloud of dust on a distant horizon.

The usual load for a team of five or six yoke of oxen was about three tons. The seven team outfits often carried as high as eight thousand pounds. These freight trains carried everything from flour, bacon, calomel, overalls, engineers’s transits, guns and ammunition, to whiskey and mouth organs.

The following tale was often repeated in the early days. It was said that when unloading a freight wagon containing twenty barrels of whiskey and one sack of flour, a bystander asked: "What do the y want of all the flour?" Freight charges from Cheyenne to Custer City ranged from three and a half cents to six cents per pound, according to the kind of animals employed and the time consumed on the road. The quartermaster’s department offered on its contract for transportation service between Cheyenne depot, W.T., and Fort Laramie, November 1876 to May 1 1877, twenty-five per cent less for "ox transportation" than for mule or horse drawn freight... continued next edition.

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