Ash Hollow State Historical Park

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Ash Hollow Cave
Ash Hollow Nebraska.JPG
Near southeast corner of Nebraska Panhandle
Near southeast corner of Nebraska Panhandle
Location of Ash Hollow State Historical Park in Nebraska
Location Garden County, Nebraska, USA, near Lewellen, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°17′53″N 102°7′12″W / 41.29806°N 102.12000°W / 41.29806; -102.12000Coordinates: 41°17′53″N 102°7′12″W / 41.29806°N 102.12000°W / 41.29806; -102.12000
Area 8.9 acres (3.6 ha)
Governing body Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
NRHP Reference # 66000445[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL July 19, 1964[2]

Ash Hollow State Historical Park is located near Lewellen, Nebraska. The park comprises two attractions located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from each other: Ash Hollow Cave and Windlass Hill.

Ash Hollow Cave[edit]

A spring in the vicinity of Ash Hollow Cave made it an attractive site for human habitation. At least four distinct cultures spanning over 1,500 years have been revealed in archaeological explorations of Ash Hollow Cave. These include the Apache from A.D. 1675-1725; the Central Plains Tradition from A.D. 900-1450; the Woodland Tradition from A.D. 0-1100; and the Late Archaic Tradition from 1000 B.C.-A.D. 500. The cave was apparently used as a base camp for hunting and food collecting.

The site became a Nebraska state park in 1962. Ash Hollow Cave was named a National Historic Landmark in 1966, and the surrounding area was named the Ash Hollow Historic District in 1975. In 1978, a visitor center was built overlooking the canyon.

Windlass Hill[edit]

Windlass Hill is located along the Oregon-California Trail. The hill marked the entrance from the high table lands to the south into the Ash Hollow area and the North Platte River valley. Wagon ruts are visible on the hill. The name "Windlass Hill" was not used by the emigrants, and the source of the name is unknown. Emigrants had a hard time going down the hill at a 25 degree angle, going down for about 300 feet.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Ash Hollow Cave". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 

External links[edit]


  • Champe, J.L. Ash Hollow Cave, A Study of Stratigraphic Sequence in the Central Great Plains.