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Hayes Center, Nebraska

Hayes Center, Nebraska

1867 found General Custer and his Seventh Cavalry heading south to fight the Indians, resulting in a military trail crossing Hayes County near Frenchman River east of what is now Palisade. In 1880 the famous Texas cattle trail crossed the west part of Hayes County to Ogallala. Located centrally between trails, a town emerged named "Hayes Centre." Both Hayes County, created by the state legislature in 1877, and the town were named for President Rutherford B. Hayes.

From one public windmill in the middle of main street in 1885, our town has progressed to a modern progressive community. While in the early days horses carried supplies in, trucks now travel an all-weather highway connecting the town to interstates 70 and 80 and the local highways.

A consolidated county K-12 school system located in Hayes Center is well supported as local people enjoy the school activities and sports.

The 4-H fair grounds, league ball games, rodeo arena, sand green golf course, and a well stocked library all offer enjoyable social activities. The lack of a doctor is overcome by a well staffed volunteer fire department with EMT rescue squad and ambulance. A four-unit low income housing is an added plus for the elderly.

For the past eight years, many local farm families have received 100-year continuous operation awards. The rich farm lands surrounding Hayes Center continue to be the primary source of income. A new feed lot north of town and expanding oil drilling promise a boost to the economy. Currently, 20 or more businesses serve the community.

Throughout the years the people of Hayes Center have been there to support each other in times of need and happiness.

- Parts from a local history by Lillian Fielding, Hayes Center, NE 69032

Attractions and Upcoming Events

John M. Daniel House

The two-story limestone house, constructed in 1876-81, is a remnant of the village of Estelle, established by John Daniel in 1881. The house was the first post office and general store for the small community. John Daniel and his wife, Mary, came to Hayes County in 1874

Hayes Center, NE National Register

Hayes Center Golf Course

When you're traveling across the scenic prairie route along Highway 25, you'll want to take advantage of one of the few sand-green courses found in Prairie Lakes Country. There are nine holes of golfing pleasure that can be found by avid golf lovers.

Hayes Center, NE Golf Courses

Hayes County Museum & Historical Marker

The original sandstone marker erected in 1931 on the land where the Duke Alexis Buffalo Hunt was held in 1872, stands just inside the courthouse along with other area artifacts on display in the historical musuem located in the courthouse. The original marker presented by D.L. Neiswanger in 1931

Hayes Center, NE Museums

John M. Daniel School, District 3 - Estelle School

The one-story limestone school building, located just north of the John M. Daniel House, was constructed about 1884-86. The original structure had a flat roof; in 1919

Hayes Center, NE Historic Schoolhouses

Lake Hayes

Just northeast of Hayes Center, 50 acres of water surrounded by truly rustic settings sits peacefully within the Lake Hayes Wildlife Management Area. The lake is abundant with crappie, pike, and catfish. North of the lake the wildlife area sports various game birds and plenty of deer on 78 1/2

Hayes Center, NE Recreation

Things to do near Hayes Center, NE

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