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The countless wagons that passed through what is now Deuel County during the westward expansion of the 1800s left an indelible mark on the land that is still visible, even today. Wagon ruts remain visible in the native prairie.


Ruts can be seen in the southwest quadrant at the Chappell Exit South off I-80.



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Attractions and Upcoming Events

Waterman Sod House

The Wallace W. and Libby King Waterman sod house was built about 1886. The original dwelling had three rooms. In 1925, it was enlarged and remodeled by Virgil and Helen Burke Waterman, and the sod walls were covered with concrete. The family lived in the house until 1989

Chappell, NE National Register

Chappell Memorial Art Gallery

One of the most rare and valuable collections of art in western Nebraska, the Chappell collection features works by Rembrandt, Aaron Pyle, and unusual oriental art.

One wall of the gallery displays fascinating work created by local artist, Aaron Gunn Pyle, deceased, a well known

Chappell, NE Arts

Phelps Hotel

The Phelps Hotel is typical of many hotels erected during the late nineteenth century in western Nebraska. The building is Deuel County's oldest hotel, constructed in 1885 by the Edwin A. Phelps family, who were among the first settlers in the Big Springs vicinity.

Chappell, NE Famous Homes

Sudman-Niemann Heritage House Museum

Home as it was in a more genteel times this 1911 house has been restored to its original condition, complete with period furniture. Also featured is a display of the desk, chair, and flags from the Washington, D.C. office of Congresswoman, Virginia Smith - one of Nebraska'

Chappell, NE Museums

B-24 Bomber Crash Memorial

During World War II, Nebraska was home to eleven air bases, which filled the skies with planes engaged in training air crews. On June 7, 1944, a B-24J Bomber - part of a flight of 15 bombers from the 866 Bombardment Squadron (H), 7

Chappell, NE Memorials

Things to do Landmarks near Chappell, NE

Oregon Trail Marker

The countless wagons that passed through what is now Deuel County during the westward expansion of the 1800s left an indelibl...