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Perkins County, NE

Perkins CountyIn 1883, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad announced plans to lay tracks across the prairie that included the area that would one day become Perkins County


The first buildings in Grant were built in Ogallala and hauled across the prairie in March of 1886. Other towns established by the C.B. & Q. Railroad in Perkins County, which are still in existence today, are Brandon, Elsie, Madrid and Verango.


The main street of Grant has been designated a Downtown Historical District by the Nebraska State Historical Society and is home to the Perkins County Historical Museum.


Madrid was dubbed "Trail City" because of its close proximity to the Texas Trail, which passed just east of the city. Historical markers in western Nebraska mark the trail.


Elsie was named in honor of the beautiful and accomplished daughter of C.E. Perkins, president of the C.

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Grant Golf Course

Grant Golf Course features a nine-hole, grass green course. The reasonably priced public course offers a variety of holes in the rolling hills of Southwest Nebraska that are great for beginners while offering a challenge for expert golfers. Visitors welcomed and no tee times are necessary.

Grant, NE Golf Courses


Municipal Park

The Grant City Park with its WPA structures and bandshell provides a shaded and refreshing spot for family gatherings with a heated swimming pool, playground activities, volleyball, tennis, horseshoes, and other outdoor activities.

Grant, NE Recreation

Historic Downtown

The main street of Grant has been designated a Downtown Historical District by the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Grant, NE Historic Downtowns

Historical Markers and Sites

The Texas Trail - Beginning in 1875, Union Pacific Railroad designated Ogallala as its main shipping point. For the next decade, thousands of longhorn cattle were trailed from Texas through Perkins County.

Grant, NE Historical Markers

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