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Beaver City Firsts Flying Doctor - Our town has recorded some unique "firsts" in the field of medicine and aviation. Beaver City was the home of Dr.Frank Brewster, Nebraska's first flying doctor. Brewster bought a Curtis-Wright JN4D biplane in 1919. Purchased for $8,000, it arrived in Beaver City by rail in two large boxes. The plane was assembled and made its first flight on May 19, 1919, when 8,000 people gathered to see Wade Stevens, a young World War I veteran, take to the air for its test flight.

"Doc" Brewster flew many missions of mercy throughout southwestern Nebraska and northwestern Kansas. His airplane was a familiar and comforting sight to farmers and ranchers of this area for many years.

A marker is located 11/2 mile east on Highway 89 commemorating Doc Brewster. (see "Doc Brewster" Attraction"

Helicopter Vet - Currently Beaver City is the home of Nebraska's first veterinarian to use a helicopter in his practice. Dr. Arthur Becker established a veterinary practice here in 1962, then built a unique, rounded Beaver Valley Animal Hospital in 1965 (the first of its kind). His helicopter gives him great mobility and allows him to make calls quickly and efficiently.


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Two Story Log House

Visiting the log house is an experience that one can thoroughly enjoy. The original setting is still intact and the area around the house is cleared, allowing the visitors to envision what the house was like when first built. Mr. Wesley Camp homesteaded the land in 1877

Beaver City, NE Pioneer Life

G.W. Shafer & Son, General Merchandise

In 1910, on the square in Beaver City, George Washington Shafer opened what his family lovingly calls, "the first Wal-Mart," G.W. Shafer's. "Grandpa Shafer was the first Wal-Mart," said Jean Shafer of Beaver City. "He sold everything ... absolutely everything."

Beaver City, NE Historic Buildings

Brick Streets - Downtown Business District - Park

Beaver City was founded in 1872. The central downtown business district situated around a square block of city park began developing at the end of the 1800s. The first city streets were only dirt roads. Then in 1927

Beaver City, NE Historic Downtowns

First United Methodist Church

Welcome to Beaver City's First United Methodist Church. Enjoy the chimes coming from the bell tower on Sunday mornings immediately before and after the worship service. Feast your eyes on the magnificent stained glass windows of the church.

Beaver City, NE Historic Buildings


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