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Fred and Me

In case you haven’t heard yet, we are going back on the trail again this year. Actually, we follow some historic trail or other every summer, but I’m talking about THE trail, the Lewis & Clark Trail – my favorite. Fred and I have traveled the Lewis & Clark Trail… read more >

Circling the Wagons

At a recent history conference I learned – among other things – that the stereotypical movie depiction of circling the wagons against an imminent Indian attack (a plot device used in countless Hollywood movies and TV westerns), originated not on the Oregon Trail but with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show…. read more >

Legendary North Dakota

I recently ran a Facebook promotion featuring Teddy Roosevelt as a “Legendary North Dakotan”.  I knew that few Americans are aware of TR’s residence in northern Dakota back in the 1880’s, but I was surprised at the pushback I received from people refusing to accept the legitimacy of North Dakota’s claim.

Trail Talk

The difference between Trail Talk and Road Talk may be a matter of semantics but it matters to Shebby Lee.

Exploring the Old West

“Wagons West!” is more than a catch phrase here at Shebby Lee Tours. At this time of year, we eagerly await the greening of the grass just as our forebears did, and work even harder to make sure everything is in readiness for our own excursions through the great American… read more >

Explore the West Where Legends Live

Like school field trips, vacation travel resonates when it includes activities which give meaning to the experience. Shebby Lee Tours provides memorable travel excursions which enrich your lives.

West or Midwest?

It is an irritating burr under my saddle that some people – actually, many people – insist on placing my home state of South Dakota in the Midwest. I live 50 miles from the Wyoming border, for Pete’s sake, and I’ve never heard anyone call Wyoming a midwestern state.   Now,… read more >

Passenger Evaluations Keep Us Improving

The reviews are in and this year’s Old West Trail (June 18-24) was a resounding success, thanks to the excellent staff (both Coloradans) who took this little group in hand. The tour director, Doris Bean is an industry veteran who has led group tours to most sections of the United… read more >

It All Started With the Oregon Trail

Although Shebby Lee Tours started as a local sightseeing company with the slogan, “we lend insights to the sights”, it wasn’t until 1993 that we expanded beyond our standard fare of western national parks and moved toward what would become our hallmark. That was the year we developed that iconic symbol of America’s westward expansion movement, the Oregon Trail.

Oregon Trail

Iconic Oregon Trail landmarks are featured on Shebby Lee Tours’ six-night/seven-day itinerary scheduled for June 18-24, 2011.  Beginning and ending in Denver, the program includes several Oregon Trail sites along with other attractions in the Old West Trail states of Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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