Northern Niobrara County countryside
If you are looking for a rural or frontier community that offers great schools, a safe place to live, a more gentle pace of life, and has residents who are exploring new ideas and new ways of getting things done, have a look at us! We have a lot to offer. Please contact our Chamber of Commerce or NHLC if you have any questions.
Niobrara County is the least populated county in Wyoming, with approximately 2400 residents, 1400 of which reside in the town of Lusk, the Niobrara County seat. Lusk is located in eastern Wyoming, 22 miles west of the Nebraska border, at the crossroads to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, which are just a couple of hours driving time from Lusk.
Lusk Elementary and Middle School
Niobrara County High School
The Niobrara County School District #1 is a county-wide school district with 400 K-12 students in its four schools. The student-teacher ratio is approximately 11 to 1.
Lusk Elementary School and Middle School (known locally as LEMS) is located in one modern building on the east side of town.
The Niobrara County High School is located on the west side of town. It was built in 1952 with an addition in the early sixties and renovations in 1987 and 1995. Additionally, the district maintains a small rural school thirty miles northwest of Lusk in Lance Creek.
The district has enjoyed remarkable academic success. Its test scores are among the best in the state and can be viewed at http://www.k12.wy.us/index.htm. In past years, our students have won four state championships. In addition, the district has a wonderful music program ranked among the best in the state. Niobrara County School District #1 takes great pride in its educational accomplishments and strives to serve each student and provide one-on-one assistance throughout his/her K-12 educational experience. For more information on Niobrara County School District #1 or it schools, please visit: http://www.lusk.k12.wy.us/.
For those desiring continuing or college credit courses, Niobrara Community Education offers a variety of courses throughout the year. Many of the college credit courses facilitated by Niobrara Community Education are offered as dual credit enrollment for high school students. Visit the Niobrara Community Education website for more information on community education offerings.
Niobrara County Library
The County Library
We value education. The Niobrara County Library provides access to a wide variety of print material, audios and videos, and public access high speed cable internet. The library is a participant in WYLD, a state-wide public access catalog to all of Wyoming's county and community college libraries as well as access to the University of Wyoming. Full-text on-line databases to over 3000 periodicals are available in library and from home.
Children's programs at the County Library include weekly Story Hour for preschool children, Summer Reading Program for children that have completed first through fifth grades, and fall and spring after school programs. Adult book discussions are normally held September through February; registration is required. The Niobrara County Library can be found on the web at http://www-wsl.state.wy.us/niobrara/.
Niobrara County Fairground
The Niobrara County Fairgrounds
The county fairgrounds is the social hub of Niobrara County. County residents use the facility approximately 320 days of the year. Activities there include: community meetings, agricultural seminars, Junior Rodeo, Senior Pro Rodeo, Science Camp, State meetings, dances, the County Fair, many 4-H meetings, judgings and clinics; health fairs, The Legend of Rawhide Pageant, the Halloween Carnival, funerals, wedding showers, and wedding receptions. In 1997, the County Fairground made the following additions: a new grandstand, new arena, three new meeting rooms and new kitchen facilities.
Parks, Ball Fields, Swimming Pool, and Golf
Lusk has two modern parks; one has a new walking path, new playground equipment, a ballfield complex, and the town swimming pool located within its boundaries.
Lusk Golf Course
The Town of Lusk has a beautiful nine-hole course, with a creek that winds through it. The course is a bright star for the community and is superb for a small community. Tournaments are held throughout the season with ample time for the recreational golfer to enjoy the course.
Wyoming Women's Center
Major employers include the schools, Union Pacific Railroad, the Wyoming Women's Center, town and county government, and the Niobrara Electric Association.
Things to do...
Legend of Rawhide
Legend of Rawhide
Each summer during the second weekend of July, the residents of Niobrara County enact a full-scale western pageant, complete with mounted cavalry, horse and ox-drawn covered wagons filled with eager western pioneers, and a village of Native Americans. We call this the Legend of Rawhide; it is a story about a hateful white pioneer who shot and killed a Native American maiden. You may find out more about the Legend of Rawhide by visiting the Legend of Rawhide website.
Excavating a dinosaur
The Lance Creek fossil area, in Niobrara County, is famous for its Cretaceous Period fossils including the first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil which was discovered by paleontologist Barnum Brown a century ago. At this time there is one ranch business which specializes in teaching people about how to map, identify bones, and excavate fossils; they can also visit fossil field sites on the ranch. For more information, go to www.paleopark.com.
Hunters show off their trophies
Relax and enjoy the scenery
Ranch recreation is gaining in popularity; contact the Niobrara Chamber of Commerce for names of ranchers who host families or groups for ranch activities:
The area is popular for deer, antelope, elk and turkey hunting.
Clubs and Organizations
There are all kinds of community service organizations, educational and cultural organizations, fraternal organizations, health-related organizations, occupational-related organizations, political organizations, recreational and social organizations, youth groups, and church groups. There is a 25-page community directory of these organizations available from the Chamber of Commerce: