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Fort Sidney is historical gem in rapidly growing city

The city of Sidney is growing at an exponential rate.

But amid all the construction, new buildings and home, the city has a deep historical past.

The Commander's Home is often called the 'most beautiful house in Sidney, and its on display for all to see.

 
"It was built in 1885 and it's the most beautiful home there is in Sidney," says tour guide Pat Albers.
 
The  Post Commanders Home and the Fort Sidney Museum are two stops on this year's Nebraska passport program that gives visitors and inside look into the state's military history.
 
"I definitely think its important, all the history that's here, everyone should come to see it. I know even people here in Sidney they don't come but they should, because they're missing an awful lot," Albers said.
 
The Commanders Home and Fort Museum show how people lived in the southern panhandle during the military conflicts of the late 1800's.

Albers says the reason officers came to the Fort was  to help protect the people and Union Pacific employees from raiding Indians.
 
Visitors walking though the home and museum can relive the history of these early Nebraskans, and get a glimpse of what life was like.
 
"It just takes you back to that time how they lived you know, just kerosene lamps... you'll have to experience it."
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