Ranching & Farming Along the Byway

Agriculture has played a major role in human history, as agricultural progress has been a crucial factor in worldwide socio-economic change. Although the Sandhills were used in a variety of ways by prehistoric Native Americans, early explorers spoke of the region as "the Great American Desert.” Early settlers were unprepared for the changing temperatures and the variety of hardships of this region. Due to the lack of trees in the area they lived in dug-outs or built sod houses. Most adapted to the conditions and learned to live in harmony with the land. To learn more about the farming and ranching culture of the region, visit any of the numerous museums or cultural events along the Byway.