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Near Bushnell in Kimball County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Panorama Point

Elevation 5,424

 
 
Panorama Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 15, 2014
1. Panorama Point Marker
(mounted on right side of Highpointers bench)
Inscription.  
Kimball County locals, Art Henrickson and Claude Alden,
discovered the Highest Point of Nebraska
in October 1951 using a WW1 altimeter.
• • •
Dedicated to the memory of Hiram Scott, an early Nebraska Territory explorer, who was employed by the American Fur Company and attended the early annual fur trading “Rendezvous.”

During a return trip to St. Louis he became ill near the North Platte River and eventually died. The bluffs along the river were named Scott’s Bluffs in his memory and served as a landmark for people making their way west.
 
Erected by Highpointers Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationLandmarks.
 
Location. 41° 0.465′ N, 104° 1.886′ W. Marker is near Bushnell, Nebraska, in Kimball County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Interstate 80 and Beech Avenue (in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming). Take I-80 exit 401 in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. Drive south on Beech Avenue (WY-164) for a little over nine miles.
Highpointers Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 15, 2014
2. Highpointers Plaque
(mounted on left side of Highpointers bench)
Funding for this bench provided by
Nancyann Yungblut Failing & Robert Mayo Failing.
Highpointers.org
Education, Support & Conservation of the
Highest Point in each of the 50 United States
in cooperation with the Highpointers Club.
HighpointersFoundation.org
Turn left onto WY-203 (gravel roads from here on) and drive east (WY-203 turns into NE-6, bends south and then east again) for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto NE-5 and drive south for two miles. Turn right onto marked private road and drive about 1.5 miles: west, then north. The Panorama Point marker and Nebraska High Point are at the end of this dirt road, in the extreme southwest corner of Nebraska. Not recommended in wet weather. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bushnell NE 69128, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Corner Common to Nebraska and Wyoming on the Colorado State Boundary (approx. 1.2 miles away in Colorado); Geology Shaping History (approx. 11.7 miles away in Wyoming); Old Texas Trail (approx. 12.3 miles away in Wyoming).
 
More about this marker. Panorama Point is located on the High Point Bison Ranch, which permits visitors to drive to the site as long as they take care to avoid the ranging bison and pay an entrance fee.
 
Also see . . .
1. State’s highest point: Visiting Panorama Point near Bushnell. Panorama Point, also known as Constable Mountain, in southwestern Kimball County is the highest natural point in Nebraska, having been recognized as such more than 70 years ago when it was found by Art Henrickson and Claude Aiden using a World War I altimeter. The elevation makes it the 20th highest high point among the 50 states. (Submitted on February 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Panorama Point (Wikipedia). It is located near the point where Nebraska and Wyoming meet on Colorado's northern boundary. Despite its name and elevation, Panorama Point is
Highpointers Bench (<i>looking east</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 15, 2014
3. Highpointers Bench (looking east)
(marker mounted on right side of Highpointers Bench • log book desk and High Point Monument in background)
not a mountain or a hill; it is merely a low rise on the High Plains. (Submitted on February 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Panorama Point. Though the State of Nebraska is home to many buttes and even the southern terminus of the Dakotas' Badlands, its highpoint is in the middle of a nearly featureless field just over 1 mile away from the borders of Colorado and Wyoming. (Submitted on February 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

4. Panorama Point (facebook). (Submitted on February 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
 
Welcome to High Point Bison image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 15, 2014
4. Welcome to High Point Bison
(sign at entrance to private dirt access road leading to marker)
The highest point in Nebraska is located in Kimball County, on the Colorado/Wyoming border. Native prairie rolling hills and fields are home range for bison, antelope, deer, coyotes, pheasants, and other prairie birds and mammals.

Please join us in conserving and respecting this environment. Please stay on the marked trails and pack out your trash. We hope you have an enjoyable experience!

Highpoint Entry Fee $3.00 per person

Bison are native to the short grass prairies of the Great Plains. They are hearty animal having survived in North America for thousands of years. In 1905 there were only about 800 buffalo, 700 of which were privately owned. Today there are over 300,000 bison in the United States.

Bison were an integral part of the Native American diet. Today people enjoy buffalo meat because it has a sweet wonderful flavor and is low in calories, fat, and cholesterol. You can substitute buffalo in any recipe calling for beef.

Warning Bison Area
Panorama Point Access Road (<i>looking north</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 15, 2014
5. Panorama Point Access Road (looking north)
(private dirt road • monument, desk & bench visible at end of road)
Nebraska Highpoint Monument (<i>looking north</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 15, 2014
6. Nebraska Highpoint Monument (looking north)
(just east of bench and marker)
Elevation
5424
The Highest Point
in Nebraska

Erected by
Kimball Nebraska
Chamber of Commerce
1971
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 18, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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