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Hastings, Nebraska

Hastings, Nebraska

Step back in time and discover how our rich past has led to our present and will be reflected in our future. Our heritage will let your mind wonder to a time when a livery stable was located on main street and merchants showed unpriced goods behind glass counters so that customers could "haggle" prices with sales clerks. Sense the anticipation felt during the era of Kerr Opera House. Visualize the fantasies that became realities through early train transportation. During the depression years, the Strand Theatre allowed patrons to live vicariously through the on-screen adventures of Chaplin, Gable, Bogart, and Monroe. See the building where Kool-Aid was manufactured.

SHOPPING: Leave you frantic schedules behind. Relax and enjoy the personal service that downtown merchants strive to give all their visitors. Our shops are filled with unique items that everyone will enjoy.

DINING: Treat yourself to a leisurely lunch, a famous Nebraska steak, ethnic foods, cookies that make your mouth water and beverages from specialty coffees to beer brewed right in Downtown Hastings!

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES: Whether a serious collector or a person enjoying nostalgia, you'll find wonderful treasures in Downtown Hastings.

EVENTS: Whatever the season, you'll find events and activities that center on family fun.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Highland Park Cemetery

Hastings' first cemetery contains sculpture commemorating Oregon Trail travelers of the 1800

Hastings, NE Cemeteries

The Kool-Aid Birth Place

This building is known locally as the birthplace of Kool-Aid. More accurately, it was the home of the Perkins Products Company, the manufacturing and retail enterprise of Kool-Aid inventor Edwin E. Perkins and his family. The company was housed here from 1923 until 1931

Hastings, NE Famous Homes

McCormick Hall

Hastings College opened in September 1882. In April 1883, ground was broken for McCormick Hall, the first building erected on the campus. It was named for reaper inventor, Cyrus McCormick, who made the initial contribution for the building'

Hastings, NE National Register

Historic Downtown Hastings

Recapture the warmth and charm of years past by visiting Historic Downtown Hastings. Experience how our past has led to our present through our historic walking/driving tour of 25

Hastings, NE Tours

Sandhill Crane Migration

Fossil records reveal the sandhill cranes have been visiting this region for more than nine million years. For five weeks each spring, visitors to the Platte River valley in south-central Nebraska can enjoy the symphony of sounds and dancing rituals of 90 percent of the world'

Hastings, NE Recreation

Things to do near Hastings, NE

Lake McConaughy Hunting

Come fall, when campers, water skiers, swimmers, sailboaters and most fishermen have abandoned the lake, Big Mac becomes wate...