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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

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

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

Battle of Blue Water

This historical marker recounts the largest engagement between United States troops and Native Americans ever fought in Nebraska territory, and one of the 12 largest engagements between Native Americans and the white man. On September 5, 1855, the U. S. Army's 600

Oshkosh, NE Historical Markers

Garden County Courthouse

Garden County Courthouse Listed in the National Register of Historical Places [GD03-003] Listed 1990/01/10 In an election held in 1909, Deuel County voters approved the creation of Garden County and the older county lost three-fourths of its territory. Oshkosh was established in 1889

Oshkosh, NE Historic Courthouses

History of Ash Hollow

Archaeological excavations in Ash Hollow indicate that early man used the area as much as 6,000 years ago. A small rock shelter in the side of the bluff near the park visitor center was used as a campsite by later Plains Indians for about 3,000

Oshkosh, NE

Things to do near Oshkosh, NE

Chimney Rock National Historic Site

"Towering to the heavens" is how one pioneer described Chimney Rock, the most recognized landmark along the Oregon Trail. Tod...

Western Nebraska Mexican American Historical Museu

Aztec cooking utensils, stone building, Aztec and Mayan artifacts, local and Mexican cultural history, Mexican clothing, phot...

Courthouse and Jail Rocks

These unusual rock formations were two of the first "road signs" met by westward travelers....