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Beaver City, Nebraska

Beaver City, Nebraska

The Beaver Valley was a part of the hunting ground of the Pawnee Nation but fringed on the lands claimed by the Sioux Nation. The valley was first permanently settled in the late 1860s and early 1870s by pioneers arriving with dreams, high ideals and a work ethic that would eventually be passed on to their descendants. Many of the early settlers of the 1870s were able to see the young Beaver City, named for its location on Beaver Creek that actually contained a large beaver population, grow into a boom town of the 1880s. Progressive thinking brought new ideas to the area and made these settlers hopeful for the future. Rapidly the economy grew as banks opened, law practices began and real estate gained in value.

Distinguished area residents at the beginning of the 1900s were Dr. Frank Brewster, the world's first flying doctor, George Norris, lawyer, Senator and the legislator behind rural electrification and the Tennessee Valley Authority and Edwin Perkins, the inventor of Kool-Aid, who lived in near-by Precept and Hendley.

Today's citizens are able to make use of those same determined attitudes that their predecessors had. The basic economy of the Beaver Valley has always related directly to the success or failure of the farm community.

We are glad to have you in our town whatever the reason that brings you here. It is a wonderful place to raise a family or to make a home for retirement. The entire valley is a place of endless opportunities for all who are willing to live here and the caring people here make it a great place to be.

"WELCOME" to our little corner of the world and enjoy your stay here in the heartland of Southwest Nebraska, however long that might be. There are many places to visit and lots of people to meet.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

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

Furnas County Courthouse

When Furnas County organized in late 1873, Beaver City was one of the voting places designated by Governor Robert Furnas, for whom the county was named. Competing with Arapahoe for location of the county seat, Beaver City was chosen for the honor by the people. This is where it has remained.

Beaver City, NE Historic Courthouses

Westside Park, Golf, and RV Campground

The Westside Park is the area to head for when one wishes to enjoy a cool and refreshing swim in the newly-rebuilt pool. There is the regulation size pool and a nice shaded wading pool for the smaller children.

Beaver City, NE Parks

Kool-Aid's Beginning

"Mother would bring home some of the soft drink powder that Edwin was experimenting with and my father didn't know if he wanted to drink that powder, sugar, and water mixture!" - A partial reprint from the booklet Hendley Nebraska Centennial

Beaver City, NE One Of A Kinds

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

Beaver City, NE Famous People

Things to do near Beaver City, NE

Walter Klem House

The Walter Klem House, designed in the English Cottage style, is located in Kearney. Historic housing stock in the city pred...