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Valentine, Nebraska

Valentine, Nebraska

Valentine is Nebraska's "Cupid Capital" as each year thousands of Valentine greeting cards bearing special cachets are mailed across the nation and to foreign countries on February 14. Long before valentine cards became its namesake's ambassadorship, the early settlement which became the county seat of Cherry County was named in honor of Congressman E.K. Valentine, following his favored election in 1882.

In 1890, Fort Niobrara was established to provide military protection to the settlers in the region. Although there was no Indian trouble in the immediate area, the post remained active until 1906. In 1912, a portion of the original Fort Niobrara was set aside as a national game preserve. Its impressive visitors' center features excellent wildlife and natural history displays and historical artifacts from the old fort.

Centennial Hall, Nebraska's oldest standing high school, and the Sand Hills Museum and Cherry County Historical Museum each contribute collections sharing the history of the Sandhills area.

The newly designated scenic river, the Niobrara River, known as Nebraska's swiftest river, is also considered its finest canoeing water. The 25 mile river segment from Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge is the most popular area with canoeists. Several falls and cascades include Smith Falls, the tallest falls in Nebraska, tumbling 75 feet. Outfitters and Trail Rides allow you to see the Niobrara Valley like you've never seen it before! Add a trail ride to your canoeing experience and enjoy scenic beauty unlike anywhere else.

Highway 20 from Valentine past Harrison has been designated an official Nebraska Scenic Byway. Selected highways showcase Nebraska's diverse scenery, history, and recreational opportunities for visitors and Nebraskans alike to discover and enjoy.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

National Wildlife Refuges

One of the world's unique geological areas,k the 19,000-square-mile Sandhills in north-central Nebraska is a vast region of sand dunes blown in by winds about 8,000 years ago. The nearby unchartable maze of grass-covered dunes scared away early pioneers.

Valentine, NE Wildlife Refuges

Walcott House - NHR

This one-and-one-half-story frame house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a simplified example of a Neo-Classical Revival dwelling, based upon earlier Greek Revival style houses in the eastern and mid-western states. F. M.

Valentine, NE National Register

Centennial Hall and Museum

The bond issue to build the Valentine Public School was approved in February 1897. It was designed by Omaha architect Charles F. Beindorff, and construction was completed in 1898. The two-story brick structure

Valentine, NE Museums

Post Office Mural - NHR

The former Valentine United States Post Office, constructed in 1936-37, is a one-story, brick and limestone Modernistic style building. While the building retains a high degree of integrity, its national historical significance derives

Valentine, NE National Register

Cherry County Courthouse - NHR

Although Cherry County is the largest county (in square miles) in Nebraska, early settlement did not occur until the late 1870s. By the early 1880s, however, settlement began to increase spurred on, in part, by the construction of the railroad. In 1883

Valentine, NE National Register

Things to do near Valentine, NE

Village of Sparks

Situated in the unique Niobrara River Valley, this historic village began with the 1885 organization of the Sparks School ...

War Memorial

The American Legion was instrumental in erecting a beautiful memorial for veterans serving in World War II, Korean, Vietnam a...

Keller Park Fishing

Keller Park State Recreation Area is one of the few spots in Nebraska where anglers will be able to catch both warm and col...

Keller Park Hunting

In the fall, the area opens to hunting, in season, the day after Labor Day. Hunters will find opportunity for cottontails, ...