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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.


The physical form of this six-block commercial district is an excellent example of the influence of transportation routes that were historically strong enough to pull development away from the traditional courthouse square. As a result, the commercial district does not entirely surround the square. This is a condition that is somewhat unusual in county seats with courthouse squares in Nebraska.



After a devasting fire in 1881, the downtown buildings were rebuilt of brick in Italianate Style. According to the State Historical Society, Pawnee City has good examples of major architectural styles popular during the Victorian Period.



The historic business district has new streets, sidewalks, and curbing, sewer lines and water lines. Along these blocks is also Victorian lighting, as it was in the early 1900s.



A self-guided, printed brochure is available at the Pawnee County's Tourist Information Center.


Address: Houston Street
Phone: 402-852-2444

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Prairie Hill Sports Complex

Have you seen a glow in southeastern Nebraska? Prairie hill sports Complex in Pawnee City sets of that glow each and every time those ball field lights are turned on for the ball games. The parking lot is generally full, and kids of all ages are seen with balls and bats in their hands.

Pawnee City, NE Recreation

Post Office Mural

The Pawnee City United States Post Office is a one-story, brick Colonial Revival-style building constructed in 1940-41. While the building retains a high degree of integrity, its historical significance derives from the mural painted on an interior wall. "The Auction"

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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

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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