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Historic Walking Tour Take your own personal tour down beautiful tree-lined streets, graced with lovely older homes and buildings. Many of the downtown buildings used bricks from a local brickyard. Settled by Swedes and Germans, the town has many homes that boast a Scandinavian influence in architectural style. Homes on this tour include one that was a wedding present, one that was a hospital, one that has a widow's walk and one that had a back staircase that was hidden by a bookcase. Take the tour and find out the long-forgotten history. It will take you north from downtown along tree-lined streets to Lake Helen which has become a beautiful recreation site. A two mile paved walking path winds around Lake Helen.

1402 Lake Avenue - Dr. Plum, one of the first doctors in Gothenburg, built this home in 1899. The wooden design around the turret windows is original. The master bedroom occupies the upper turret and the living room occupies the lower. Dr. Plum owned the first automobile in Gothenburg; a high-wheeled chain drive, with a stick-like steering device.

The complete tour of twenty buildings is available in a self-guided brochure available at the Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce office.


Phone: 308-537-3505

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Pony Express Station

The Sam Machette Station was used as an early fur trading post/ranch house along the Oregon Trail southwest of Gothenburg before it was used as a Pony Express station during its operation between April 1860 and November 1861

Gothenburg, NE Pony Express

Historic Depot

In the years from 1863 to 1868 the railroad had become a certainty. During the five year period, the first operations of mapping, surveying, setting telegraph poles and planning the roadbed had been completed. The railroad through this territory was completed in 1868

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Pony Express Mural

The Pony Express galloped through the West in 18 short months before Nebraska gained statehood. The historic value of those early times is being preserved in Gothenburg, which was named Pony Express Capital of Nebraska in 1991

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First Presbyterian Church

In August of 1904, the ground on which the church now stands was purchased for the sum of $450. Ground was broken in August 1905 and the original building was competed in early 1907. At that time, the total cost of the building was $5,650. The beautiful stain glass windows are original.

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