DescriptionAmid the rocky, picturesque landscape in the Pine Ridge country along the White River live the legends of the tumultuous period of Indian Wars waged around Fort Robinson in the 1870s. After the hostilities cooled, the town of Crawford sprang up in 1885, growing from one tent to a village of 200 in a matter of days.
The settlement, named for Lt. Emmet Crawford of nearby Fort Robinson, became a wide-open frontier boomtown of cattlemen, settlers, gamblers and dance hall girls. Since these early days, the town has settled down to become the center of a farming and ranching area.
The surrounding Pine Ridge country is noted for its recreational opportunities. Nearby are Fort Robinson and Chadron state parks and Nebraska National Forest. Toadstool Geologic Park, 23 miles north on SR 2 in the Oglala National Grassland, has a moonlike landscape. Also within the grassland, the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center, an ongoing archeological excavation on a site dating back 10,000 years, is thought to be the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
Visitor InfoCrawford Chamber of Commerce 3533 Hwy 20 CRAWFORD, NE . Phone:(308)665-1817
Things to SeeFort Robinson State Park