Crawford is located in Dawes County, situated in northwest Nebraska 27 miles east of Harrison between Harrison and Chadron along Hwy 20 near Fort Robinson Sate Park, Whitney Lake and Chadron State Park.
The Toadstool Geologic Park is 23 miles north on Hwy 2.
In 1886, the Fremont, Elkhorn, & Missouri Valley Railroad established stations at the fort and at a settlement soon to be known as "Crawford." A tent city immediately sprang up with every other establishment becoming a saloon or gambling house. It is said that the man selling hardware piled the nail kegs inside the walls of his tent to keep stray bullets out.
Today, Crawford is also known as the Big Game Capital of Nebraska. This area caters too nature lovers and game hunters. The Pine Ridge is full of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Several lakes, streams and rivers provide boating, fishing and camping opportunities. The area is also fossil rich with two world-class bone beds.