"Ord, Nebraska" Ord by Rich62

Ord Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 30 photos

Welcome to Ord, Nebraska

Ord is a town of about 2300 people and is located at the intersection of highways 11, 58 and 70 smack in the middle of Nebraska. It was founded primarily by eastern Europeans, and even today one can find surnames such as Krolikowski, Paprocki, and Ruzica represented there. Today's Ord is a modern, clean and peaceful community. The golf course, as you can see, is beautiful.*

The local high school has an unusual mascot; they are known as the Chantacleers, or "Chants" for short. A Chantacleer is a type of rooster. They might be the only school in America with this mascot. If you know of another one, please let me know.

Evelyn Sharp, daughter of Ord, Nebraska

Evelyn Sharp grew up in Ord and graduated from high school there. She went on to become one of America's great pioneers in aviation, paving a path for women to follow. By the time she was just 20 she was a flight instructor. 350 men learned flying from her at her first assignment in Spearfish, South Dakota. She was also one of the nation's first female air mail pilots.

With the coming of World War II, She joined General "Hap" Arnold's Women's Auxilliary Ferrying Squadron, expert pilots who flew newly built aircraft from the factory to shipping points. Her proficiency allowed her to pilot everything from training craft to bombers.

On April 3, 1944, at the young age of 24, Evelyn Sharp was killed near Middleton, Pennsylvania, in the crash of a P-38 pursuit plane. At the time of her death she was a squadron commander only three flights removed from her fifth rating, the highest certificate then available to women. She is buried in Ord.

The photo was taken at the Evelyn Sharp Airport in Ord.

Please see "Evelyn Sharp Days" under my "Things to do" tips.

In the countryside

You never know what you will come across when driving the country roads.

About six miles south of Ord, on a gravel road, I could not believe my eyes as there were two cock Pheasants having a fight in the middle of the road! I slowed my van down and crept toward them, hoping for a picture. They paid no attention for quite a while but finally they saw me and took off. I tried to get a picture and as you can see, barely got them in the frame.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of hills, nice houses, a good shopping area downtown, peaceful, clean
  • Cons:I have no complaints
  • In a nutshell:Google "Evelyn Sharp"
  • Last visit to Ord: May 2011
  • Intro Updated Apr 20, 2013
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  • riorich55's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Loved the story about Evelyn Sharp. This is the town I'm nominating. I need to work on some of my smaller towns as well.

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