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Scotts Bluff National Monument
Nebraska equals cornfields. Yes, it’s true that farming is a pretty big deal throughout the Cornhusker State, but the “panhandle” of Nebraska (its northwestern corner) is surprisingly not flat. Sure, there are great expanses of land, carefully divided up and planted every year, but there are also some dramatic landmarks that, two centuries ago, provided encouragement to westward-heading Americans. Scotts Bluff, an abrupt and seemingly out-of-place eroded sandstone hill, is one such landmark, and these days, it makes for a good half-hour to half-day stop on your own westward journey. Scotts Bluff (two words) National Monument is south of the …