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Historic Downtown

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Corndog_7 wrote a review Aug 2019
Iowa for now8 contributions3 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: July 2019
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Wanglc wrote a review Jul 2018
Mabul20 contributions7 helpful votes
You can drive in and take a look at the main street shops, very small town center - with small diners and mainstreet shops along the strip. I wouldn't take the time to do it again but if you do have an extra 10 to 15 mins, and are interested just to take a look, it won't cost you too much time.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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HotelierJohn wrote a review Aug 2017
Ontario, Canada288 contributions111 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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John A wrote a review Jul 2017
Marion, Iowa350 contributions65 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Suzanne C wrote a review Jul 2016
Moline, Illinois258 contributions37 helpful votes
Stopped for the night while traveling out west. Nice to explore downtown and get a feel of your quaint town. Everyone we meet were very friendly
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Date of experience: July 2016
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