Stanton native Cody Sperl has started up a Facebook page called Cody’s Adventurous Travels of Nebraska Towns. Sperl graduated from Stanton High School in 2005 and went on to obtain degrees from a couple of area colleges. “So I am from Stanton, Nebraska. So only about a half an hour drive from West Point. I graduated from Stanton High School and then after that I did go to Northeast Community College, got my Associates. And then you are correct I moved on to Wayne State College and I earned my degree in Geography in hopes of working for Nebraska Tourism.”
Sperl says all his family is from the Stanton area.
The page includes pictures and articles on different towns across the state. “So things that I focus in little towns. I always like to photograph downtown. I’m really fascinated with brick streets in downtown. I’ve always been fascinated by that. So for instance West Point’s downtown…I love it. It just has that historical feel to it. Along with the lights and all that. So that’s something I find interesting in the town. Other factors or other things in towns I really like churches,” Sperl said.
Sperl says he’s gone inside some of the churches and taken pictures of the churches and cathedrals.
He says he also likes city halls, opera houses, architecture, topography, and courthouses.
One of the towns featured on the page is West Point, and Sperl says he really likes the downtown and Neligh Park. “Neligh Park is beautiful. I love the White Church next to the barn with the train. And I believe the Cuming County Historical Society is in that area. That’s really neat. And then it might sound simple, but even the downtown. I just really like the brick streets, the old historical looking businesses. And I’ve been in this town in December…I love your guys’s Christmas Tree that you guys light up every year right in the middle of Downtown West Point’s Main Street Four-Way Intersection.”
Sperl says he also really likes the new American Veterans Park.
He has covered almost all of Northeast Nebraska. “In terms of Northeast Nebraska I’m almost done. The only towns that I have to do, and I’d have to look it up, but I think it’s South Sioux City, Nebraska and Crofton, that’s it. I’ve got all the towns in Cuming County, all the towns in Thurston County, Wayne County, Knox County…I mean you name it.”
Sperl says he has also covered most of Southeast Nebraska except for 4-5 towns around the Hebron area.
He has also covered several towns around the Lexington area, including Lexington, Elwood, Eustis, Farnam, Overton, and Elm Creek.
Other Central Nebraska towns Sperl has covered include Kearney, Pleasanton, and Loup City.
He adds his favorite towns he’s visited so far are Nebraska City and Aurora.
Sperl says the page has really taken off in the last month or so. “So I started this page back in like September, and it wasn’t doing bad. I mean it was a little slow to start off just because it’s new. It’s a new thing that I’m doing. Then I got to about October, November, and it was doing pretty good, it was definitely getting more people. I would probably say in the last 3-4 weeks my page has really erupted.”
Sperl says the page really erupted when he did the article on West Point.
As of Monday, the page had over 1,000 followers and likes.
He adds the page was created so he could expand on his interest of traveling across the state. “The reason why I did it…it’s very interesting…this actually started off as a hobby. I really like to travel across Nebraska, meet new people, and just discover new things and towns. It’s just something that fascinates me, and I really like it. About a week or two after I created my Adventurous Travel Page I said to myself this is great that I’m doing that, it’s great to have this for a hobby, but in all honesty let’s turn this professional…let’s turn this into a professional portfolio.”
Sperl says his goal is to get to every town in Nebraska and take snapshots and do articles. So far, he has been to 80-90% of the towns, mostly in the Eastern part of the State.
He adds his brother Colton inspired the idea to create the page.