Technology helps people discover Sidney


LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – On a recent trip to the West, we found out how an app and website can bring more visitors to historic downtown Sidney.

Marva Ellwanger is on the Sidney Historic Preservation Board. She says the council plays an important role in providing downtown business owners with the means to make improvements. “They can come in, fill out an application, and we’ll review it to see if we can help fund some of their requested upgrades,” Ellwanger said. “It’s a good way to keep our city in good shape while respecting historical guidelines.”

Ellwanger hopes people will find out about the history of downtown Sidney. A great way to do this is to use a special free app. “It’s called“Ellwanger said.” This can be found online, but people can also get a mobile app that you can install on your phone or tablet. If you’re driving on the freeway and you come to a connected place at the travelstorys app it will let you know what you can see in the city. Hopefully this will keep people away from the freeway and they can take a virtual walk through the city center to historic sites. You can even drive to the sites.

There are 21 buildings in downtown Sidney which have historical value. “Some of these buildings are the oldest buildings in Sidney, and that also includes the buildings that were here in the 1950s,” Ellwanger said. “Some of the buildings on the tour include Camp Lookout. You have the Fort Sidney Museum, you have the Post Commandant’s House, the Foundry, the Fine Arts Center, the Fox Theater, and Christ Episcopal Church, among others.

If you want to try this app, just download it. “It’s a free app,” Ellwanger said. “You don’t have to pay anything. You can also go to website and experience the tour from your home. Again go to, and search for “Sidney”.

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