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Historic Downtown Walking Tour

The Ponca Historic District comprises a ten-square-block area that includes the downtown commercial area and
a portion of the residential environs. The district contains houses, churches, commercial buildings, and public and
civic structures. The majority of structures in the district date from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Distinctive buildings include the Richardsonian Romanesque bank of Dixon County, the Carnegie Library, a
Neo-Classical Revival style building, and the Ayres-Adams House, a brick Italianate dwelling. The town of
Ponca, located in the Aowa Creek valley, is one of the oldest in the state, founded in the 1850s.


A 45-minute Walking Tour has been designed to guide you through the historic district area with 21 designated sites and brief descriptions about the history and occupants. A self-guided tour is available at the City Office.


The historic area is roughly bounded by Court, East, and the alleys between First-Second and Third-Fourth streets



Phone: 402-755-4165

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Historic Downtown Walking Tour

The Ponca Historic District comprises a ten-square-block area that includes the downtown commercial area and a portion of the residential environs. The district contains houses, churches, commercial buildings, and public and

Ponca, NE Tours

Adam's House Museum

The Adam's House was built in 1882 by E.D. Ayers, a druggist in Ponca in the nineteenth century. In 1904, the house was purchased by Sam and Della Adams who had farmed in Silvercreek Township for several years prior to purchasing the house. In 1934

Ponca, NE Museums

War Memorials

Union Memorial - "Sacred to the memory of the boys who wore the blue from 1861 - 1865.

Loss of Lives: North, 359,529 -- South, 349,556"

Foreign Wars Memorial - "Soldiers who died overseas - Dixon County"

Ponca, NE Memorials


The Ponca Tribe

This has been the homeland of the Ponca Indians since earliest recorded history. In 1866, the Federal government signed the treaty of Fort Laramie, which transferred the land to the Sioux without the permission of the Ponca. Treaties made with the government in 1856

Ponca, NE Indian Heritage

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Kreycik Riverview Elk Farm

The Kreyciks began raising elk in 1986 as an alternative agricultural venture. The venture has expanded to include a buffalo ...