Bessey, near Halsey, NE
The Bessey Ranger District is located one mile west of Halsey, Nebraska, in the central part of the state in the scenic Sandhills. Halsey has a population of approximately 60, a post office, tavern/restaurant, and a motel. Other services available in the surrounding communities include banks, grocery stores, gas stations, county government offices, and churches. Full service communities are approximately within a one-hour drive and include Broken Bow (55 miles), Valentine (70 miles), and North Platte (80 miles). The primary industry in this area is ranching and agriculture.
Temperatures are moderate, though seasonal. The average January temperature is 10o F and an average July temperature is 89o F. Average precipitation is 21 inches, and average snowfall is 31 inches. Elevation is 2880 feet above sea level.
Rental apartments range from $250 to $300 per month in nearby Thedford, Nebraska (16 miles) and $300 to $360 a month in Broken Bow, NE (55 miles). The average cost of a home to purchase is approximately $63,000 in Thedford, NE and $67,700 in Broken Bow, NE. Nebraska does have a State Income Tax (http://www.revenue.ne.gov).
There is a consolidated school system, which serves four local school districts. K-6th grade students attend classes in Halsey, and 7th-12th grade students are bussed to Dunning, NE, a community 10 miles to the east. It’s a great place to live without the bright lights, with a slower pace of life, and great outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, hunting and fishing.