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Beaver City, Nebraska

Beaver City, Nebraska

The Beaver Valley was a part of the hunting ground of the Pawnee Nation but fringed on the lands claimed by the Sioux Nation. The valley was first permanently settled in the late 1860s and early 1870s by pioneers arriving with dreams, high ideals and a work ethic that would eventually be passed on to their descendants. Many of the early settlers of the 1870s were able to see the young Beaver City, named for its location on Beaver Creek that actually contained a large beaver population, grow into a boom town of the 1880s. Progressive thinking brought new ideas to the area and made these settlers hopeful for the future. Rapidly the economy grew as banks opened, law practices began and real estate gained in value.

Distinguished area residents at the beginning of the 1900s were Dr. Frank Brewster, the world's first flying doctor, George Norris, lawyer, Senator and the legislator behind rural electrification and the Tennessee Valley Authority and Edwin Perkins, the inventor of Kool-Aid, who lived in near-by Precept and Hendley.

Today's citizens are able to make use of those same determined attitudes that their predecessors had. The basic economy of the Beaver Valley has always related directly to the success or failure of the farm community.

We are glad to have you in our town whatever the reason that brings you here. It is a wonderful place to raise a family or to make a home for retirement. The entire valley is a place of endless opportunities for all who are willing to live here and the caring people here make it a great place to be.

"WELCOME" to our little corner of the world and enjoy your stay here in the heartland of Southwest Nebraska, however long that might be. There are many places to visit and lots of people to meet.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Two Story Log House

Visiting the log house is an experience that one can thoroughly enjoy. The original setting is still intact and the area around the house is cleared, allowing the visitors to envision what the house was like when first built. Mr. Wesley Camp homesteaded the land in 1877

Beaver City, NE Pioneer Life

Beaver City Firsts

Flying Doctor - Our town has recorded some unique "firsts" in the field of medicine and aviation. Beaver City was the home of Dr.Frank Brewster, Nebraska's first flying doctor. Brewster bought a Curtis-Wright JN4D biplane in 1919. Purchased for $8,000

Beaver City, NE Famous People

G.W. Shafer & Son, General Merchandise

In 1910, on the square in Beaver City, George Washington Shafer opened what his family lovingly calls, "the first Wal-Mart," G.W. Shafer's. "Grandpa Shafer was the first Wal-Mart," said Jean Shafer of Beaver City. "He sold everything ... absolutely everything."

Beaver City, NE Historic Buildings

World's First Flying Doctor

Dr. Frank A. Brewster practiced medicine in Beaver City from 1901 to 1923

Beaver City, NE Monuments

Civil War Veteran's Memorial, Gazebo Park

The Civil War(1861-1865) Statue and Marker honor those unknown dead that fought for their beliefs and for the freedoms that this nation is based upon.

Beaver City, NE Memorials

Things to do near Beaver City, NE

Red Willow Boating

Near the concession and Kiwanis Point, there are two boat ramps, mooring docks, designated swimming beach, fish cleaning stat...