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Legends and Lore of the Outlaw Trail


Legends & Lore of the Outlaw Trail is an intriguing compilation of tales regarding the clashes between horse thieves, cattle rustlers, swindlers, lawmen, vigilantes, settlers and Native American Indians who encountered each other on what is now referred to as the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway Highway 12.

Marita Placek, of rural Lynch, wrote, collected and compiled stories about characters such as Jesse James, Kid Wade and Doc Middleton. Marita invited others to submit stories passed down through their families regarding wily and brave characters and clandestine events of the past. Placek did not edit or verify the submitted stories. Instead, she presented them as submitted to her.

Readers are invited to compare the various versions of the same events in Legends & Lore of the Outlaw Trail.

Purchase Legends and Lore: $20.00 plus $4.00 postage and handling.


Books are available  along the byway at these participating businesses: Nebraska State Bank, Lynch, This ‘N’ That Book Store, O’Neill, Creighton City Library, Creighton, The Verdigre Eagle, Verdigre, the Niobrara State Park, Niobrara, the RC&D office, Plainview, the Corps of Discovery Welcome Center, Crofton, the Argo Hotel, Crofton, St. James Marketplace, Spencer State Bank, Spencer, Nissen Wines, Hartington, Angie’s Etched Impressions, Hartington, Cherry County Tourism Center, Valentine, the Plains Trading Co., Valentine.


A Woman Hanged


“A Woman Hanged”

Text material taken from the out of print book,

Vigilante Days by Harold Hutton and used with permission from Niobrara Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary Audubon of Kansas.



The Legend, Lure and Love of the Gold

The legend of the missing Army payroll.

The Chadron to Chicago Race . .


Murder on the Plains . . . .


OTSB Shirts are ready for adventure on the Outlaw Trail.



Order your Byway shirts today. (brown & sapphire blue.) 

S-M-L-XL $13. XXL $15. P&H $3.50.

Call Mary-402-229-3249 or Marilyn at 402-841-1437.

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