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Dodge County, NE

Dodge County

Dodge County, Nebraska, offers visitors an unlimited number of activities. The northern portion of the county with sprawling views of grain and grazing acreage is also a mecca for sportsman. Located just five miles north of Scribner, the Dead Timber State Recreation Area provides camping, fishing, hunting and other recreation adjacent to the Elkhorn River. Dead Timber is one of the few state recreation areas open to hunting in the fall. Hunting is also permitted in the Powderhorn Wildlife Management Area northeast of Scribner. It borders the Elkhorn River and primitive camping is permitted.


The Fremont Recreation Area is about three miles west of Fremont and boasts camping, fishing, hiking, and other activities. About 800,000 visitors use the area each year. Another major attraction in Fremont is the Fremont Dinner Train and Excursion which allows guests the chance to eat a gourmet dinner, ride the rails, and sometimes, take in a special theatre production. The excursion railroad travels 17 miles to Nickerson and returns. The railroad has vintage 1920s through 1940s equipment.


A major attraction is the Nebraska Motorplex in Scribner. An old World War II military base is the home to one of Nebraska's finest drag strips. Cars race at more than 300 miles per hour and the facility hosts local, regional, and national events.


Other historic areas include the town of Hooper whose main street has been listed as a historic district. Elsewhere in the county, visitors can stop by the Musbach Museum in Scribner, or make an appointment to view the historic four-acre Poor Farm. In Dodge you will see the historic Town Hall, the 1912 High School, and enjoy dining at the Dodge City Restaurant or delight your body and soul with pastries and sausages at the B and B Bakery, a nationwide catering center.


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North Bend Carnegie Library

The North Bend Carnegie Library, dedicated in 1913, is a typical example of a small town library in the early twentieth century. Andrew Carnegie, often called the "Patron Saint" of libraries, was responsible for funding the

North Bend, NE National Register

Dodge Co. Historic Sites

Dodge - Town Hall - 1896

Fremont - Nye House (May Museum - 1874) - NHR; Schneider House - NHR (1887); Bullock House - NHR (1869); McDonald House - NHR (1888); Turner House - NHR (1868); Opera House- NHR;

Dodge, NE National Register

J. D. McDonald House

The J. D. McDonald House, built in 1888, is an excellent example of the Queen Anne style. While employing the varied building materials and roof lines typical of Queen Anne architecture, this structure has a distinctive rounded

Fremont, NE National Register

George Turner House

The George and Nancy Turner House, built in 1867

Fremont, NE Historic Homes

John C. Fremont Days

This is the community's premier celebration, and is held three days in July. Activities take place throughout town and include a wide variety of entertainment, cultural presentations, historical re-enactments, food courts, live entertainment, craft booths, sporting events and more.

Fremont, NE Reenactments

Musbach Museum

Originally the Milligan Dry Goods store built in 1884, the museum opened in 1973 as testament to German pioneer heritage with antique farm machinery, medical equipment, kitchen china, glass items and special programs and displays.

Scribner, NE Museums

Depots

Visit the historic depots in the downtown district of Fremont in the vicinity of 1st and "D" Streets. There is the two-story brick Chicago & Northwestern Freight House built in 1903 after C&NW gained control of the Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley Railroad which began in 1869 (now the Fremont &

Fremont, NE Railroad History

Harder Hotel

The Harder Hotel, constructed in 1901 in Scribner, is significant for its association with the commercial development of the town and as a very early manifestation of the building boom of second generation hotels that

Scribner, NE National Register

Ideal Steam Laundry

The original building was constructed in 1884 by Charles Osterman and George Tremaine, wholesale produce dealers in Fremont. The Ideal Steam Laundry, Johnson and Company, proprietors, moved into the building in 1894 and doubled the size of the structure in 1911

Fremont, NE National Register

Dodge High School

Education was a top priority during the growth of Dodge, starting in a brick schoolhouse built in 1887. An addition was needed in 1889. According to a 1891 report, District 46 had 143 students and four teachers. St.Wenceslaus Catholics opened a parochial school in 1911

Dodge, NE

Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area

The Fremont Lakes State Recreation area just west of Fremont draws nearly a million visitors a year. The 700-acre site has 20 sandpit lakes that provide fishing, swimming, power boating, skiing and jet skiing. There are 200

Fremont, NE Recreation

Louis E. May Historical Museum

The original portion of the Museum structure, in the Italiante Revival style, was built by Fremont's first mayor, Theron Nye. The Museum is an elegant, two-story brick residence originally constructed in 1874

Fremont, NE Museums

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