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Falls City, Nebraska

Falls City, Nebraska

Falls City was founded in 1857, its early history part of the sweeping social and political changes overtaking a divided nation. The area was the Nebraska base on the Lane Trail, through which free-state immigrants were directed to Kansas. At that time, Kansas Territory was in the throes of a bloody struggle between the pro-slave and anti-slave settlers. James Lane, a free-soil leader, believed that the beautiful Nemaha Valley offered great agricultural opportunities and believed that a location on the Nemaha falls also had industrial potential. The first residents were Dave and Anne Dorrington, abolitionists who were said to have assisted John Brown on his travels through the settlement.

After Archer, Richardson County\'s first county seat, was found to be within the \"Half-Breed Tract,\" a sometimes violent rivalry ensued between Falls City and neighboring Salem, over the new location of the Courthouse. Falls City won the seat designation in an 1860 election.

Today Falls City is the hub in a four-state corner -- Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa. Included within a radius of approximately 100 miles are the great cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Topeka, as well as numerous smaller cities. Ideally located, Falls City serves as a distribution center for this growing region.

The Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Prichard Auditorium which was built in 1938 houses a variety of community events.

Falls City is a very active community with nearly 100 social and civic organizations. Many of the brotherhood organizations have a long history within this area. There are more than a dozen churches, with many mainstream denominations founded between 1857 and 1900.

Falls Citians are proud of their heritage and are working to make their community a memorial to the past and a guidepost to the future.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Richardson County Courthouse

The Richardson County Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was completed in 1925 to replace a wooden courthouse which was destroyed by fire. The then county commissioners commissioned architect W.F. Gernandt to build a fire proof structure for $200,000

Falls City, NE Historic Courthouses

Richardson County Military History Museum

The Richardson County Military History Museum is located in the east entrance of the Richardson County Courthouse, in Falls City, Nebraska. This museum is dedicated to preserving the rich military history of those men and women who served our nation.

Falls City, NE Museums

Richardson County Recreation Areas

Verdon State Recreation Area - Verdon, NE - 30 acres - Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass; electric motors only, primitive camping, rehabitation conducted in 1999. 1/2 mile west of Verdon.

Cornhusker Scout Recreation - Humboldt, NE

Falls City, NE Recreation

Stanton Lake Park

Stanton Lake Park is a beautiful lake site for picnics, day activities, or camping.

The camping area has trailer hookups for water, electricity, and sewer. The park also has showers, a dumping station, lake fishing, picnic shelter areas, playground equipment, and sand volleyball courts. Falls City, NE Recreation


Bell-Jenne House Museum

This Italiante-style house was built in 1881 and features an unusual decorative hardwood floor in the sitting room, classic furniture, painting by noted regional artist, Alice Cleaver, and details of political interest; such as, the coat and tails worn by Governor Arthur Weaver at his 1929

Falls City, NE Museums

Things to do near Falls City, NE

Lewis & Clark Monument

The Lewis and Clark Monument was dedicated on December 19, 1939, with the inscription reading "Lewis and Clark - 1804."

Wahoo Notables

Any town in America would be proud of Wahoo's honor roll of native sons: Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Samuel "Wahoo Sam" Cr...