Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown, Sidney: Address, Phone Number, Historic Downtown Reviews: 3.5/5

Historic Downtown
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I thought I was driving through Radiator Springs.
Jul 2019
I've passed through Sidney many times on my way to Cheyenne and points west, stopped for gas, eaten a few meals, and even stopped for a night once when I was too tired to venture on. This time I travelled there with the purpose of finding a clean, inexpensive room within driving distance of Cheyenne. My reservation at Sidney Motor Lodge took me off the current main highway and down the old main highway, US 30. As I approached the downtown area and took in the wide street, low art deco buildings, and the flashing marquee on the movie theater, I felt like Lightning McQueen getting his first look at Radiator Springs in Cars (except that, unlike McQueen, I liked it). Being a history buff and a little bit of a dreamer it wasn't hard to imagine what a wonderful modern oasis it must have appeared to be to a traveler in a 1940s automobile after crossing the barren sagebrush plains of Nebraska. Today the businesses along the Lincoln Highway cater more to locals than travelers. Some of the buildings are empty, but all of them appear to be kept up. I didn't venture off the "main drag", but the street a block to the north that faced the railroad tracks appeated to be nicely appointed. Unfortunately we were only in town for a night so I didn't have time for exploring, but Ihope to return soon and spend more time there. Some of the reviewers claiming that they didn't see anything "historic" must have a fairly narrow veiw of history. No, there aren't remnants of the "wild west" that these visitors were probably looking for. But the Lincon Highway was every bit as important and historic as Route 66, and the fact that this stretch of road appears much as it did years ago is far from insignificant. It's definitely worth a detour!

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blc133789
Panama City, FL57 contributions
Jul 2015
Not much to Sidney . Just a few stores and restaurants .One Walmart that didn't have any I was looking for ( and that never hàppens) and a gro ery store. Nothing seemed historic about it,so don't drive a ways to see it .
Written July 31, 2015
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momcheers
Hayden, CO184 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
enjoyed just wondering through the little gift shops and antique stores -- don't expect anything large and "showy". Nice little walk and shopping! Took me back to the "good old days" -- and we will forever remember seeing the smallest office ever -- my closet is probably bigger :-)
Written January 15, 2015
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HotelierJohn
Ontario, Canada283 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Sidney was one of the wilder places in the old west. There's really nothing left to show its roughest history -- but worth a little detour off the I-80, perhaps after lunch at Margaritas at the easterly exit.
Written August 22, 2017
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Corndog_7
Iowa for now8 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
I've passed through Sidney many times on my way to Cheyenne and points west, stopped for gas, eaten a few meals, and even stopped for a night once when I was too tired to venture on. This time I travelled there with the purpose of finding a clean, inexpensive room within driving distance of Cheyenne. My reservation at Sidney Motor Lodge took me off the current main highway and down the old main highway, US 30.

As I approached the downtown area and took in the wide street, low art deco buildings, and the flashing marquee on the movie theater, I felt like Lightning McQueen getting his first look at Radiator Springs in Cars (except that, unlike McQueen, I liked it). Being a history buff and a little bit of a dreamer it wasn't hard to imagine what a wonderful modern oasis it must have appeared to be to a traveler in a 1940s automobile after crossing the barren sagebrush plains of Nebraska.

Today the businesses along the Lincoln Highway cater more to locals than travelers. Some of the buildings are empty, but all of them appear to be kept up. I didn't venture off the "main drag", but the street a block to the north that faced the railroad tracks appeated to be nicely appointed.

Unfortunately we were only in town for a night so I didn't have time for exploring, but Ihope to return soon and spend more time there. Some of the reviewers claiming that they didn't see anything "historic" must have a fairly narrow veiw of history. No, there aren't remnants of the "wild west" that these visitors were probably looking for. But the Lincon Highway was every bit as important and historic as Route 66, and the fact that this stretch of road appears much as it did years ago is far from insignificant. It's definitely worth a detour!
Written August 2, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Steve B
Carol Stream9 contributions
Dec 2015 • Friends
Small town . Nice shops and antiques. The old fort Sidney has a surprisingly good museum. Volunteer docents were friendly and informative. Check out the historical signs in Hickory Square, on 10th Street
Written December 13, 2015
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TumbleweedandCactus
Park City, UT26,147 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
Nice small town - great break from I-80 drive. Get away from the fast food and Cabelas and visit a nice, old historic town.
Written August 2, 2013
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AlexanderDelarge
Omaha, NE929 contributions
Apr 2013 • Business
Lots of older buildings and some shopping available. There are a few places to eat as well. There is no need to stay longer than an hour as it is just two blocks.
Written April 26, 2013
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John A
Marion, IA350 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
Stayed in Sidney 3 nights. Checked out the downtown to see what was there. eat at several of the restaurants in the downtown.
Lots of old buildings.
Written July 20, 2017
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Maryellen B
8 contributions
Dec 2015
Find out why Sidney Nebraska is called the Golden Link because something happened there in 1974. Read the posted historical signs. Stop in a few shops for home decor items. Have a beer and pizza nearby. Laid back is too strong a word.
Written December 6, 2015
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Marjory F
Douglas3 contributions
Apr 2012 • Couples
There are some quaint little stores to shop in downtown. You sometimes find things you don't find in larger towns
Written April 17, 2012
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