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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

Pawnee County Courthouse

With its location near the Missouri River, an important early transportation link, Pawnee was among the first counties in the state, having been organized in 1856. After two elections in 1856

Pawnee City, NE Historic Courthouses

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


Pawnee City Historical Society Museum

Come and experience our common heritage at the Pawnee City Historical site. From doctor, dentist, and beauty shop tools to clothing, farm and household items, quilts and furniture, you can view America's history first hand.

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Pawnee City, NE Museums

Things to do near Pawnee City, NE

Author, E.M. Rhodes

Eugene Manlove Rhodes was born in a double log, "dugtrot" cabin in Tecumseh on January 19, 1869. At the time, hi...