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Nelson, Nebraska

Nelson, Nebraska

As the great wave of settlers was arriving in Nebraska, a town called "Nelson" was established near the center of Nuckolls County. Land owned by Horatio Nelson Wheeler was proclaimed the county seat and the owner's middle name, Nelson, was given to the territory. These early settlers, many of whom had lived in good style in the east, had moved to this treeless prairie, where coyotes serenaded them at night and water was hauled from a community spring. The Nuckolls County Courthouse, built in 1890, now stands as a landmark.

Nelson has a swimming pool, a nine-hole sand-green golf course, a 45-bed skilled care Good Samaritan nursing home, and a new junior-senior school, which now serves Nelson and Nora students.

It takes a lot of enthusiasm and volunteer effort to make a small town a good place to live. The citizens of Nelson need not take a back seat to our pioneers in their determination and faith in the future.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Elk Creek Country Club

The Elk Creek Country Club has a 9-hole, grass green golf course with very reasonable rates open to the public.

Nelson, NE Recreation

Harbine RV Park

Municipal water, Electric, Sewer, Dump, Grills, Drinking water, Swimming.

Nelson, NE RV Parks

Veteran's Memorial

An active American Legion Post provides a "Memory Lane of Flags" that flies at the courthouse and cemetery each Memorial Day. The flags also fly on the courthouse lawn on Flag Day,

Nelson, NE Memorials

Nuckolls County Courthouse

With a population of 733, Nelson continues to serve as the county seat. The beautifully renovated 100-year-old courthouse stands on a hill overlooking the town. It was built in 1890 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the Christmas season the many beautiful

Nelson, NE Historic Courthouses

Things to do near Nelson, NE

Dahlgreen Hall

This building was erected to house the Nuckoll's County Historical Society horse-drawn machinery. A building was needed to s...

Kirkman's Cove

Kirkman's Cove, 160 acres, has tent camping, picnic tables, shelters, grills, drinking water, restrooms, a boat ramp and ...

Quarry Oaks Golf Club

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Little Nemaha River Bridge - NHR

As indicated by a builder's plate on the bridge itself, the structure was erected in 1901 by the John Gilligan ...

Alexandria State Lakes

This scenic area east of Alexandria encompasses 1,769 acres of park and wildlife lands including 47 acres of water. The l...