History of Long Pine
Churches Heritage House Hidden
Located in the downtown area, this museum
preserves Long Pine’s heritage. The residence was built in 1895 by
dentist Henry W. Learn. By 1919 the home was
used as a rooming house known as the Miller Hotel.
The importance of this
building is directly tied to the significance of Long Pine as a
prominent railroad town from the 1880's until 1992 when the last train
come through town. The Miller Hotel always served the railroad
workers and they were its main customers for over 50 years. It
provided very simple and inexpensive rooms for working men. Of
the five hotels that once stood in Long Pine, it is the only one left
standing and in fact was used for boarders until 1984. The
architecture of the building is very plain. Its function of providing
plain rooms for tired, hungry and not so clean laborers fit its design
Long Pine's Heritage
Society formed to preserve the rooming house and purchased the
building in 1985. Local history exhibits and a genealogy center
now occupy the home. One room is devoted to a diorama of Long Pine’s railroad heyday in the 1930’s. Open
Fridays and Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 1-4 p.m.
came to Long Pine in 1881. Long Pine was a major railroad hub, home to
a "roundhouse" , or large turntable, where engines were serviced.
Passenger and freight trains came over the rails. The last train
came through in 1992.
railroad bridge was over Pine Creek by Seven Springs, where the trains
took on water. This bridge burned in 1905, and the railroad
bridge that now stands was built the same year. Today hikers and
bikers cross Pine Creek over this bridge as part of the Cowboy Trail.
At 115 feet high, the view from this bridge is worth the hike.
Crew Dormitory, or Bunkhouse, was constructed in 1971 near the train
depot. A second depot was built in 1909. The depot that
now stands was constructed in 1965. This was the last agency
between Norfolk and Chadron. Today, the City of Long Pine offers
lodging at the Bunkhouse. The depot is slated to become Long Pine's