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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.

Four of the 22 buildings at the site contain mechanical and horse drawn equipment, such as sleighs, cars, buggies and farm implements. There is also an Experimental Tailwind Airplane here as well as many smaller machines from washboards to an example of an early wooden washing machine to an old cream separator. One building contains about 800 varieties of barbwire, all collected, mounted and identified by one man.

Many of the buildings here tell a story of their own. The home of our state's first governor, David Butler, is here with furnishings of that era. There is also a log cabin furnished much as a log home would have been 150 years ago. The country mercantile store contains a post office, and there is also an old church.

There are two schools located on the site. One is the tiniest in Pawnee County, which is still furnished as a school and the other is the oldest. Later in its life the older school building became a wagon and harness shop and then a blacksmith shop. It now houses many old tools and blacksmith equipment.

The newest site building contains 1600 salt and pepper sets along with other household items. Another newer building contains an air-conditioned kitchen/dining/meeting room complete with rest rooms. Some families have held family reunions here.

Genealogical research is available at the Historical Site. Photographs, newspaper clippings and other written materials are available along with a lot of other family memorabilia collected from local area residents.


Admission: Adults $5, children under 12 are free
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00a.m.-3:30p.m.; Sunday, 1p.m.-4p.m.
Winter: Thurs, 10:00am - 3:30pm, and by appointment
Address: Highway 8 and 50, East Pawnee City
Phone: 402-852-2444
Our Email: my.blue.heaven@windstream.net
Our Website:www.pawneecountyhistory.com
Tour guides available during regular hours. Bus tours and families welcome!

Come visit us in Pawnee City, Nebraska

Attractions and Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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