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Oshkosh, Nebraska

Oshkosh, Nebraska

Sponsoring branches in North Platte, Chappell, Grant, Oshkosh, McCook

Oshkosh has long been known as the Goose Capital of Nebraska, a reference to its fame for some of the best goose hunting in the nation. Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge 20 miles north, and Lake McConaughy to the east, make Oshkosh a prime location for sportsmen and nature buffs.

Oshkosh is the county seat of Garden County and is surrounded by the Nebraska Sandhills on the north, wheat farms to the south, and corn, bean, and alfalfa production in the North Platte River Valley. The first permanent settlers in this vicinity were men from the Oshkosh Land and Cattle Company, some of whom had come from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In 1889 a two-story structure was built on Main Street for a general store, post office, and hotel. This building, still in good condition, now houses an antique and gift shop. The town is located on the North Platte River where the Mormon and Oregon trails can still be traced by well-worn ruts from the heavy wagon wheels.

Oshkosh has two museums, a public library, an auditorium, center for senior citizens, and a city park with picnic tables and free swimming pool. The business district has stores and businesses that offer all the necessary items for a comfortable living, plus many specialty shops -- antiques and other collectables. As a provider of services for travelers, there are motels, service stations, and cafes.

The friendly, small town atmosphere makes Oshkosh an ideal place to live, to visit or to retire.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Garden County Museum

An early 1900s school house and an old opera house/theater located downtown are filled with historic items, Indian artifacts, fossils, and a bird collection of 300 stuffed specimens. A second museum building at the south end of Main at E Avenue is a larger building for larger exhibits.

Oshkosh, NE Museums

Cresent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge is part of a nationwide system established for the preservation of waterfowl. The 48,000-acre refuge is approximately 30

Oshkosh, NE Wildlife Refuges

Historic Rackett Grange Hall

Rackett Grange Hall 318 Listed in the National Register of Historical Places [GD04-002] Listed 2001/07/05 Constructed in 1926 the hall, located at the former town site of Rackett 25 miles north east of Oshkosh, is a one-story, false front commercial building. The Rackett Grange Hall #318

Oshkosh, NE Historic Buildings

Oregon Trail Marker

This marker of the Oregon Trail is located on the walking path that leads visitors to the crest of Windless Hill in Ash Hollow State Historical Park.

Oshkosh, NE Historical Markers

Directional Stone Marker

This stone marker has been moved from its original location and placed just north of the Nebraska Historical Marker of the John Hollman grave.

It is inscribed - "TO THE PIONEERS WHO TRAVELED THIS TRAIL, erected by GARDEN CO.

Oshkosh, NE Historical Markers

Things to do near Oshkosh, NE

Prairie Schooner Museum

This local history museum features home-made steam engines, a restored log cabin, spinning wheel, antique organ, old tools, t...