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Grand Island, Nebraska

Grand Island, Nebraska

Welcome to Grand Island! -- Or, as the French traders named it, "La Grande Ile," which in the late 1700s was discovered as being formed by a narrow channel that branched off the Platte River and created an island out of this portion of prairie.

Whether you are here on business, a vacation, attending a convention or a special reunion, you've chosen a wonderful time to visit. Grand Island offers a perfect setting for fun family activities; exploring or reliving the past.

We encourage you to take in everything that Grand Island has to offer. Explore our area's pioneer heritage. Cool off in the Island Oasis. Enjoy an ethnic festival. Take a prairie wildflower hike at the Nature Center. Play the links. Tap your toes to an old-fashioned concert in the park or great country western entertainment at the county fair. Cheer on your favorite horse or rider. Visit our wonderful art galleries and antique shops. Or if shopping is your bag, explore Nebraska's third largest retail trade center - Grand Island. Take a drive through our county towns of Doniphan, Cairo, Wood River and Alda ... see what makes our area so special!

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Fort O.K. Cannon

The cannon located on the South lawn of the Courthouse is dated 1853 and with the forged stamp of AMES CO. FOUNDERS, CHICOPEE, MASS.

"This cannon was left at Fort O.K. August 22, 1865 by Major J.R. Curtis 'for the protection of the settlement against attack by Hostile Indians'."

Grand Island, NE Landmarks

Liederkranz

National Register of Historic Places

Liederkranz means "a wreath of songs." In 1870, German settlers met to organize a German singing society to provide musical and social entertainment and to cultivate the member'

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

Hamilton-Donald House

National Register of Historic Places

The house was constructed by Henry Falldorf in 1905 for Ellsworth D. Hamilton, cashier of the Commercial State Bank of Grand Island. In 1908

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

Hotel Yancey (Yancey Motor Hotel)

National Register of Historic Places

Named for its proprietor, William L. Yancey, the hotel was begun in April of 1917

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

Mormon Island State Recreation Area

Named for the winter stopover used by Mormon emigrants heading westward, Mormon Island State Recreation Area still offers comfort and conveniences to campers and other travelers on Interstate 80, as part of Nebraska's unique "Chain of Lakes."

In 1884-85

Grand Island, NE RECREATION

Things to do near Grand Island, NE

Historical Markers in Hall County

California and Overland Trail Markers - Six identical granite markers were erected on July 4, 1923. The historical markers m...