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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

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 City Murals

Located on the West side of the Dodge City Restaurant in downtown Dodge.

- Artist, Terry Taylor, July, 2001

Dodge, NE Arts

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

Dodge County Courthouse

Dodge County was established in 1856. Fontenelle was named temporary county seat, but Fremont won the county seat designation in 1860. J.J. Hawthorn donated land for courthouse purposes in 1866. In 1867 the county built the first courthouse, a two-story brick structure. In December 188

Fremont, NE Historic Courthouses

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

Fremont Dinner Train

Experience the ambience...take a look back in time aboard 1940s heated and air-conditioned, elegantly attired cars. The train operates from Fremont to historic Hooper, a 30 mile round trip up the beautiful Elkhorn River Valley. Stop at downtown Hooper's Main Street, built in the 1890

Fremont, NE Excursions

R. B. Schneider House

The large two-story frame house, located in Fremont, exemplifies a transitional product of Queen Anne and Neo-Classical Revival styles. Businessman R. B. Schneider, founder of the Nye, Schneider, Fowler Company, grain dealers, built the house in 1887

Fremont, NE National Register

Historic Visitors Center

The former Fremont Post Office building celebrated its opening August, 2000, as the new home to the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce and several other non-profit agencies.

Fremont, NE Historic Post Offices

Fremont & Elhorn Valley Railroad and Museum

Come relive a portion of our history aboard the FEVR, Nebraska's longest and largest tourist railroad, in rail cars dating from the 1920

Fremont, NE Excursions

Alexander Thomas Barn

This huge red-and-white candy-striped building was built in 1888

North Bend, NE Historic Barns

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