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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

Hall County Courthouse

One of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts Classicism architecture in the Midwest, the Hall County Courthouse was formally accepted in January, 1904. Note the central section'

Grand Island, NE National Register

Glade-Donald House

National Register of Historic Places

The Glade-Donald House is a distinctive example of the Shingle style. The house is completely sheathed with wooden shingles, and incorporates many bay and oriel windows, including two prominent bow windows on the front facade. The house was built about 1905

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

St. Mary's Cathedral

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - National Register of Historic Places

St. Mary's Cathedral is one of the finest Late Gothic Revival churches in the state, constructed in 1926-28

Grand Island, NE Historic Churches

Soldiers Memorial

Located on the South lawn of the Courthouse the memorial reads, "IN MEMORY OF THE DEFENDERS OF OUR COUNTRY, 1861-1865 and the Spanish American War, 1898-1900"

Erected by the city of Grand Island, 1913

Grand Island, NE Memorials

Andrew M. Hargis House

National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1898, the Andrew M. Hargis House is a fine example of the Queen Anne style and also incorporates Neo-Classical Revival detailing in its design. Hargis founded the Grand Island Business and Normal College in 1885

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

Things to do near Grand Island, NE

McCook Army Air Base

McCook Army Air Base, activated April 1, 1943, was one of 11 Army Air Force training bases in Nebraska during World War II. S...

Harlan Lake Fishing

Considered some of the best fishing in Nebraska, Harlan County Lake is about nine miles long and has 75 miles of shoreline. W...

Swanson Reservoir Fishing

The water clarity of the lake has a special appeal for both boaters and anglers. High water years in the early 1980's cut dow...