Monday, March 21, 2016

The abandoned Devils Nest ski resort in Nebraska


The abandoned Devils Nest ski resort can be found in Knox County of northeast Nebraska. It opened in 1972 and it was supposed to become part of a $100 luxury development which included a 25-story hotel and luxury homes. It met some success at first with skiers flocking from as far away as Omaha and Lincoln to try the dozen slopes. By that time, eight houses plus an equestrian center and a yacht club had been built.

Just two years later though the Devils Nest Development Co. was dissolved by the Nebraska Secretary of State for nonpayment of corporate occupation taxes. The developers blamed poor lot sales and the declining economic climate and banks foreclosed the property in 1975. In 1977 the property was sold at auction to satisfy judgments.

Today, just rusty cables and decaying chairs remain amongst the cottonwoods and evergreens in the land where Jesse James and other wild west outlaws used to hide from the law.

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