Delve into some interesting aspects of U.S. history when you rent an RV near Nicodemus National Historic Site in Bogue, Kansas. Following the end of the Civil War, many African Americans headed west seeking fortune and a better life; Nicodemus is one of many African American settlements that was a result of this migration, and it was signed into designation as a historic site in 1996.
The site is marked by five buildings; a township hall, two churches, a school, and a hotel. Some of these buildings were constructed using locally quarried limestone, and collectively, they represent the spirit of the pioneers who settled here and the principles they lived by. RV camping near Nicodemus National Historic Site can help you to understand the experience these pioneers felt as they set out on their adventure.
Nicodemus is the only surviving all-black community that grew out of the westward migration; it is recognized as a symbol of the contributions made by African Americans to the building of the American nation.
When you arrive, you should begin your exploration by heading to the visitor center to view the displays and exhibits that document the town's history. Guests are welcome to move freely about the city at their own discretion and view the historical buildings, which are still actively used today. The center has a film you can watch that showcases the town founders' perspectives and what they hoped to achieve. Early in its history, the school became the first successfully integrated school in America at a time when integration was being largely opposed all across the country.
Depending on when you travel here, you may encounter one of the many events that the town uses to celebrate its status; the events include music concerts, youth benefits, and special theme exhibitions. Each July, the town puts on a homecoming celebration with food vendors and dancing, historical reenactments, a parade, and other events. The homecoming is to celebrate the return of citizens who have moved away but returned to their roots, however briefly.
While you are in the area and have the time, another attraction you may want to visit is Webster State Park; the refuge centers around a reservoir and is part of the flying path that migrating birds use on their seasonal treks. Nicodemus is near the town of Plainville in Rooks County if you feel the need to stop for a coffee or grab a meal. When you camp in an RV near Plainville, you'll have complete access to the city and everything it has to offer.
Camping near Nicodemus National Historic Site
The city of Alma, Nebraska, has an RV campground and enough attractions to keep you entertained; head here with the Bogue camper rental, and you can settle into a campsite at the Alma RV Park to be near all the action. Phillipsburg City Campground is another option and is close to attractions such as the Just For Kids Playground, Fort Bissell Museum, disc golf, pickleball, and basketball facilities, and the Robert McClellan baseball field. You can find it within the Phillipsburg city limits.
Ellis Lakeside Campground is open year-round; its campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and have water and 30/50 amp electrical hookups. Some of the sites have pull-through access, and WiFi is available throughout the campground. The park is open and scenic, with some shade provided by randomly spaced trees throughout and lots of grassy areas. Kids can burn off some energy at the playground, and a boat ramp grants access to Ellis Lake for fishing or just taking a relaxing ride on the water. If you prefer fishing from shore, there is a fishing pier on the lake that you can use. There are also picnic tables so you can enjoy an outdoor meal, a bathhouse with showers, and a dump where you can empty your tanks.
Exploring the Area
Norton is a small but welcoming city with a state park where you'll find a historic adobe cabin and windmill. It has several restaurant options that are a balance of small independent venues and commercial chain-style establishments. With the exception of a Mexican restaurant, the cuisine on hand is mostly American comfort food, familiar, tasty and in large portions. One of the local diners offers your choice of buffet or a la carte menu.
Hill City also has a small but reasonable restaurant scene with a couple of pizzerias and a diner. All of the restaurants in town are reasonably priced, so you can eat here without breaking the bank. Grab some takeout and head back to your camper rental, and you can dine out under a star-filled sky.