The Ash Hollow State Historical Park is a 1000-plus acres interpretive center. It is also known as the ?most intriguing and most unusual? park in Nebraska. The park was built in 1962 over the entrance of Ash Hollow Cave so as to preserve its features.
The Ash Hollow Cave is a pre-historic site linked to four different cultures which spans over 1,500 years. Inhabitants of the cave seemed to use the cave as a campsite for a certain period before they transferred to another place again. These cultures are believed to include protohistoric Apaches (A.D. 1675-1725); Central Plains Traditions (A.D. 900-1450); Woodland Traditions (A.D. 0-1100); and Late Archaic Traditions (1000 B.C.-A.D.500).
Besides the Ash Hollow Cave, Windlass Hill is also found in the park. There?s a passage to the crest of the hill to view deep trails made by thousands of wagons that traveled the path several decades before. A visitors? center is also available in the Ash Hollow State Park. It was built on the bluff that overlooks the mouth of the canyon. There is also a hiking trail in which visitors can access the spring on the foot of the canyon through the center.
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