Outlaw Sam Bass and his gang’s train robbery of $60,000 in gold and currency put Big Springs on the national map in 1877. Eiker Park at the junction of Highway 138 and First Street includes a historical marker dedicated to Sam Bass’ historic heist. Another marker in the park pays tribute to the 1886-era Waterman Sod House nine miles north of town. 2751 Road 207.
The Phelps Hotel was built in 1885, and all these years later visitors stay in the same rooms where railroad crews once rested between shifts. Six bedrooms and a kitchen are part of your historic home away from home. 401 Pine St. (308) 889-3580.
The Big Springs Depot Museum is in the former Union Pacific depot, now a museum of old railroad, agriculture and Big Springs history. 206 W. Second St. (308) 289-1299.
Learn more about Big Springs by contacting the Deuel County Visitors Committee at (308) 464-0983.