A Nebraska native wants to educate readers on the expansive history and culture of the Sandhills in book, North of the Platte, South of the Niobrara: A Little Further into the Nebraska Sand Hills.
Author Bryan L. Jones says his book touches a wide range of subjects including what 1950 bull riders think about modern competition to what happened to ranches belonging to the Sandoz and McMurtrey families.
“The goal was to give people who maybe know a little bit about the Sandhills, or have an interest in the Sandhills , a little different perspective,” says Jones, “ and (for) people in the Sandhills, give them more knowledge about the place they live.”
Jones says the people who live in the Sandhills develop a special bond with the land and don’t take outside interference well.
“I always use the example of the ruckus that rumbled through the state when the XL Pipieline was purposed to go through the Sandhills”, says Jones. “People got really defensive about the Sandhills. They didn’t want it to be spoiled or changed.”
Jones says he recorded around 370 interviews when writing the book and hopes, through the stories of those he’s interviewed, readers can understand why so many consider the Sandhills an almost holy place.