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Pawnee City, Nebraska

Pawnee City, Nebraska

Pawnee City, the county seat of Pawnee County, is located in the southeastern corner of Nebraska on Highways 8 and 50. Legend has it that the town is on the exact spot where the largest village of the Pawnee Indians was located. The name, Pawnee, was supposedly derived from the word "pony," the Indians being known as "the tribe of many ponies."

The Pawnee City historical Society has restored the home of David Butler, Nebraska's first governor. Butler's home has been designated as one of the most significant historical sites in the state. The museum site also includes 15 buildings with collections of artifacts from horse-drawn equipment and antique tractors to the world's largest barbed wire collection. A tribute to native son Kenneth S. Wherry, elected U. S. Senator in 1942 and who served as Republican leader from 1949-51, is also housed at this museum.

Pawnee City's six-block commercial district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An aggressive business community and a highly motivated and reliable workforce make Pawnee City a great place to do business.

Great schools and a thoughtful approach to childhood make Pawnee City a good place to raise a family. Youngsters are allowed to grow in a peaceful and safe atmosphere where they can make the most of their abilities and talents.

The Pawnee County Memorial Hospital provides medical care and assistance to the Pawnee City community. Trauma and basic health care are handled with courtesy and professionalism.

The people of Pawnee City are outgoing, friendly and industrious, and proud of their rich Pawnee County heritage. Committed to the progressive development of their community, they are looking forward to welcoming you!

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Hempstead House

Among the four houses located in the National Historic Register District in Pawnee City, the large frame dwelling is a good example of the Queen Anne style. Known as the "Hempstead Mansion," the house was built in 1887-88 by E. F. Hempstead, who came to Nebraska from Illinois in 1886

Pawnee City, NE National Register

Pioneer Panorama

The annual two-day event in June, the Pawnee Pioneer Panorama celebration starts with a "fly-in breakfast" at the municipal airport just west of town. The historical society's buildings are transformed into a "living pioneer village"

Pawnee City, NE Festivals

Walking Tour

The National Register Historic District in Pawnee City is the economic and geographic center of the community. Fifty-two properties are included in the district and consist of forty- seven commercial building, four houses, and the Pawnee City Courthouse.

Pawnee City, NE Tours

Iron Horse Trail Recreation Area

Quietly nestled in the southeast corner of Pawnee County, Iron Horse Trail Lake is an 85-acre lake situated within the 360-acre recreation area named for the historic railroad trail which winds through the park's wilderness. The dam was completed in 1983

Pawnee City, NE Recreation

Pawnee County WMAs

Pawnee County has 2238 acres in six Wildlife Management Areas. The county is known for its game bird population. You will find pheasant, quail, doves, wild turkeys and prairie chickens. Deer, rabbits, and squirrels also add to the activity in the county's Wildlife Management Areas.

Pawnee City, NE Recreation

Things to do near Pawnee City, NE

Jefferson County Historical Markers

Jansen: The Jansen marker is located on the Southwest edge of Jansen on U.S. Hi...

Schilling Wildlife Management Area

1,500-acre wilderness area offers hiking, picnicking, nature observation, and hunting and fishing in season. Publ...