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Furnas County, NE

Furnas CountyThe Republican Valley is famous for hunting and fishing and sportsmen from all over the country can come to the area to fulfill their dream of "The Big One."


Many travelers on Highway 6 and 34 stop in Arapahoe to see the beautiful Our Lady Fatima Shrine and the Furnas County Museum located downtown. Arapahoe also features a modern movie theater and a picturesque city park with two picnic areas, playground, bandstand and swimming pool.


Arapahoe celebrates Prairie Pioneer Days in July and Holiday Highlight craft show the second weekend in November.


Take the loop four minutes off Highway 6 and 34 and you'll find a beautiful, scenic view of the Republican Valley and the small town of Oxford. The town offers a free RV park with all services and a new movie theater. Annual events in Oxford include Turkey Days and "Come Home to a Country Christmas."


Beaver City, the county seat, hosts the annual Furnas County Fair and Eager Beaver Days. The town also is home to the Furnas County Genealogical Society and Furnas County Inn.


Edwin Perkins, inventor of Kool-Aid, was born in Hendley. The town is also the birthplace of Victor Meyers, who was born on the last day of World War I and killed on the first day of World War II at Pearl Harbor.


For years, the merchants of Wilsonville have promoted an annual festival called Harvest Home. The tradition of community togetherness carries on today with Wilsonville's annual festival. During the first full weekend of June, Wilsonville hosts a rodeo complete with a parade, free Bar-b-que and the crowning of a rodeo queen.


Cambridge is located in the northern part of Furnas County on the Medicine Creek. Approximately three miles out on Highway 6 and 34 is Sky Chief Springs Ranch. Robert and Joyce Stear welcome anyone to stop in and see the man-made ponds that are fed by springs. The monument, dedicated in 1924 to the Pawnee leader, Sky Chief, is at this site. There are Indian mounds and an early dugout to be viewed. Ten miles north of Cambridge is Medicine Creek Reservoir with fishing, swimming, boating, and camping areas.


Cambridge also has a new museum offering free admission. Among the many activities Cambridge offers each year are Medicine Creek Days in late May or early June and Christmas Fantasia, held every year in December.


As you drive on Highway 6 and 34 into Holbrook, you will notice the log cabin on the north side of the road built in 1874 by William Penington. The Norwegian Lutheran Church is one and one-half miles west and two miles north of town.


The Holbrook Park offers free RV parking as well as a picnic shelter and horseshoe pit. Holbrook has an annual celebration, Holbrook Days, each summer in mid July. The festival includes a parade, livestock show, and River Rat Volleyball Tournament.

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World's First Flying Doctor

Dr. Frank A. Brewster practiced medicine in Beaver City from 1901 to 1923

Beaver City, NE Monuments

Two Story Log House

Visiting the log house is an experience that one can thoroughly enjoy. The original setting is still intact and the area around the house is cleared, allowing the visitors to envision what the house was like when first built. Mr. Wesley Camp homesteaded the land in 1877

Beaver City, NE Pioneer Life


Cambridge State Aid Bridge

Established by the Nebraska State Legislature in 1911, the state aid bridge program was designed to assist the counties in construction of major river crossings. In February 1913

Cambridge, NE Historic Bridges

Furnas County Wildlife Management Areas

Burton's Bend WMA - Along the Republican River Valley 90 acres of pasture land are maintained throughout the year to provide excellent hunting ground for common game birds. Oxford WMA

Beaver City, NE Wildlife Refuges

Kool-Aid's Beginning

"Mother would bring home some of the soft drink powder that Edwin was experimenting with and my father didn't know if he wanted to drink that powder, sugar, and water mixture!" - A partial reprint from the booklet Hendley Nebraska Centennial

Beaver City, NE One Of A Kinds

Brick Streets - Downtown Business District - Park

Beaver City was founded in 1872. The central downtown business district situated around a square block of city park began developing at the end of the 1800s. The first city streets were only dirt roads. Then in 1927

Beaver City, NE Historic Downtowns

Beaver City Firsts

Flying Doctor - Our town has recorded some unique "firsts" in the field of medicine and aviation. Beaver City was the home of Dr.Frank Brewster, Nebraska's first flying doctor. Brewster bought a Curtis-Wright JN4D biplane in 1919. Purchased for $8,000

Beaver City, NE Famous People

Sunny Hillside Country School

Adding a touch of history to McKinley Park's highlights, the 1885

Cambridge, NE Historic Schoolhouses

Historic Barn

Many historic barns can be found throughout the surrounding area. Built without nails in 1887

Cambridge, NE Historic Barns

Cambridge Museum

The Cambridge Museum showcases an impressive display of Native American artifacts, pioneer weaponry, agricultural tools, fossils, and coin and stamp collections. Furnishings of pioneer homes and businesses recreate the early life-style of Cambridge in period room displays. Southwest Nebraska'

Cambridge, NE Museums

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