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Panhandle tourist attraction thrives thanks to strong volunteer efforts

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When Lori White saw an ad in the paper stating Dobby's Frontier Town needed volunteers to keep it running, she had to get involved.

"Dobby had a dream. He started out a hobby that became a momentum of the Alliance and surrounding areas," White said.

White says Dobby's town has a unique way of teaching people about western Nebraska's past.

"You walk in, you sit down, you pick up stuff, you touch it, you look at it, take pictures, we give tours. Everything is just hands on for us," White said.

Driving by, the town looks like just a few buildings but once you delve a little deeper, you can see it's something special.

"The tourists appear and what they thought they were going to see and what's actually here fascinates them to no end," White said.

"What started out as one man's mission to save a piece of vanishing history, turned into restoring 26 buildings," White said.

"26 buildings and history in every building," White said.

But White says they couldn't keep the town running and developing without the community volunteers," White said.

Since 2009, Dobby's has had over 16,000 volunteer hours.

"Once you come out and associate with this place, you just fall in love with it. You can't help it," White said.

White says for her it's an escape from reality and a step back into history.

"It's so different than reading it out of a text book, you live it here it's totally different," White said.

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