Architecture, College of


Date of this Version

Spring 5-5-2020

Document Type



Gradoville, Nathan J. "The Master Plan: Design Guidelines for Installments Along the Cowboy Trail." University of Nebraska Lincoln, 2020.


A Design Thesis Presented to the Faculty of The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor Lloyd (Bud) Shenefelt. Lincoln, Nebraska: May 2020

Copyright 2020 Nathan Gradoville


The Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail is a multi-purpose trail with an abundance of amenities. However, even with great features, the trail is an underutilized asset for the state of Nebraska and the Midwest region. Budget cuts and a lack of regional and local momentum has caused the trail to become devalued. The grain elevator has long been an icon, adored and beloved by the Midwesterners for centuries. The silos have inherent qualities that foster appreciation and respect. These characteristics are rooted in its stature and materiality. In order to remedy the suffering of the Cowboy Trail, a study into why grain elevators possess these inherent qualities is necessary. This research document will analyze the grain elevator, as a precedent, in order to explore ways the Cowboy Trail can increase rider satisfaction and enthusiasm.

Under the Supervision of Professor Lloyd (Bud) Shenefelt

Included in

Architecture Commons