This is part of the #WinosOnTheRoad trip series with Diana of D Travels ‘Round as we drive across country to start her new chapter in life.
“Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse is a MUST!” If you’re looking for things to do in Nebraska, this should be at the top of your list.
We had been tweeting like mad-women since we had left Colorado in the morning to figure out must see spots in Nebraska on our way to Omaha.
Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge in downtown Paxton, known for six decades as a place where good friends gather, enjoy each others company, grab a bite to eat and spin a yarn or two. More than 200 big game trophies and countless momentos of Ole’s worldwide safaris. – RoadsideAmerica.com
Our eyes bulge. We look at eat other, waiting for a reaction.
“Oh that’s awesome.” “Let’s do it!” we blurted out at the same time.
Oh look, I found another weirdo that appreciates the “finer” things in road trip life. Hell, little did I know she was willing to flip a U-y and grab a picture of a T-Rex on the side of I-80 later on in the evening…
Oh man, I didn’t really realize what we were getting ourselves into.
I mean, I guess we should have taken a hint from the front.
So, while I do not condone big game hunting, these animals have been dead for 50-70 years. Hell, the bar opened up in 1933 (right after Prohibition ended) so I guarantee there are taxidermy-ed animals older than that.
So, while we were sitting there giggling like crazy over the absurdity of the number of dead animals in the place, I started coming up with back-stories of the animals involved.
Chuck: The only person to try and escape Canada, Chuck found himself scared and alone in cornfields of Paxton, Nebraska. He volunteers as the official greeter at the bar (because he can’t legally be paid).
Pat: Coming from big potato money in Dublin, Ireland, Pat spends time at his vacation home on the prairies of Nebraska during the summer to work on the up and coming “Big Horn Potato Winery”.
Fannie May: Nobody f*cks with Fannie May. She shot her husband twice and still walks freely to talk about it… if she so desired? She is not only loud, but quite the force to be reckoned with.
Bruce: Both pop warner and varsity football coach extraordinaire, Bruce likes to spend his off times, drinking a cold stout beer and giving advice to traveling football coaches that seek his wisdom.
Fran: The 1968 Miss Nebraska Quilting Bee Champion turned hair stylist, Fran gets her gossip on with the tenured bartender.
Pedro: Escaping the life of a petting zoo entertainer, Pedro followed his dreams of becoming an insurance salesman.Best in Nebraska 2002.
Ethyl: Reliving her days as a golden girl of dentistry, Ethyl spends her day handing out toothbrushes to the local children. On weekends you often find her knocking back mint juleps in hopes of re-tasting the past.
Felipe: Inconspicuous and always well dressed, Felipe is the town’s one and only private eye. Using his long neck to put it into other people’s business, he gets the job done… most of the time. He spends his Monday afternoons at Happy Hour watching Ellen on the TV.
Paulie: Known for his short fuse (especially when asked, “Why the long face?”), this retired MMA fighter likes being the town badass.
Stevenson: In between tours with his grunge rock fusion band, Stevenson comes home to Paxton for the star treatment, but never a haircut.He. Will. Rock. Your. Face. \m/
Bobo: Allergic to animal dander and snow, Bobo had to retire as the World’s Greatest Hunter and now has to live his life in a glass chamber. He now relives his glory days as a minor league baseball player by flirting with the Paxton High School cheerleaders.