April 26, 2015

Homestead National Monument Project Work Begins

The Homestead National Monument of America, four miles west of Beatrice, has begun a project to reconfigure the park’s trail system. Monument Superintendent Mark Engler says the project is a result of public input about the Homestead’s General Management plan, and what projects could be undertaken to improve the visitor experience.

Engler says work will continue through most of the summer. A new trail section will be established in the southwest corner of the park  and one section of trail will be removed, in the area where a wooden boardwalk is located. One of the new trail sections will run by one of the largest cottonwood trees on the prairie. While the work proceeds, some parts of the trail system at the monument will be closed, occasionally.

Engler expects the work will be finished by late summer. This Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend, the Homestead National Monument of America is hosting their annual Monumental Fiddlin’ Contest, which draws participation from several states.

By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice