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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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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 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 County WMAs

Pawnee County has 2238 acres in six Wildlife Management Areas. The county is known for its game bird population. You will find pheasant, quail, doves, wild turkeys and prairie chickens. Deer, rabbits, and squirrels also add to the activity in the county's Wildlife Management Areas.

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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

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Pawnee County Bus Tour

Pawnee County has many interesting places to see which are not open except by appointment. There are animals which are of interest but again, are not easy to find except by a motorcoach tour.

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Industrial Tours Sites

Upon request, several local businesses offer industrial tours of their plant locations. Possible tours incl...