Visitors traveled quite a ways to view the total solar eclipse in Nebraska.
Some came from other states; some from other countries.
London resident Rob Sinclair didn’t travel to Nebraska just to see the eclipse. He came to America to visit his son, who lives in Denver.
“When we planned the trip back in January, we had no idea the eclipse was taking place,” Sinclair tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KHAS. “Having found out that it’s on, we planned a trip to Hastings, Nebraska, because we knew there was going to be 100% totality here. So, we drove over from Denver yesterday; took us seven or eight hours to get here. We stayed last night and here we are.”
Jack Edwards drove from Texas to view the eclipse at the Hastings Museum.
“We came up to see the eclipse, because this was the best place with the least populous area,” Edwards says. “We tried to stay away from the crazy side of it.”
Jerry Taylor traveled from Oklahoma City to Hastings, stating there was only going to be an 85% eclipse in Oklahoma City and he wanted to see a total eclipse.
“I’m 71-years-old and this will be the first time in my life that I will ever have seen a complete, total solar eclipse and I’m just tickled pink,” Taylor says. “I’m happy as a kid in a candy shop.”
Watch parties in Hastings were also held at Prairie Loft and the Crane Trust.
Kaleb Henry and the staff at KHAS provided the material for this story.