Ponca State Park offers more than 1100 acres of scenic landscape nestled in wooded bluffs. Sixty miles of the beautiful Missouri River remains undisturbed in the Ponca State Park. One of the world's largest Pipeline Suspension Bridges stretches across the Missouri River at the state park. Enjoy the view of three states from the ridges above the river (Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa). Ride on the actual Lewis & Clark Trail, stroll over 17 miles of walking trails, drive through miles of scenic timber, cool off with a swim in the park's pool, enjoy boating in the mighty Missouri River. Horseback riding, camping and picnicking are all available in the natural beauty of one of Nebraska's finest state parks.
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Built in 1906, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is one of Nebraska's outstanding examples of Swedish-American Gothic Revival wood church architecture. The building was designed by Swedish architect, Olof Z. Cervin.Ponca, NE Historic Churches
A cluster of eighteen prehistoric archeological sites within less than one-half square mile constitutes the Indian Hill District located near Newcastle. Indian Hill is the only exclusively prehistoric archeological district yet designated in Nebraska and is listed on thePonca, NE Archaeology
This brick structure, faced on three sides with stone, was constructed in 1913, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the second to last library to be built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie. It now contains over 7,712 volumes.Ponca, NE National Register
Built about 25 years after Dixon County was established, the Dixon County Courthouse was built in 1883-84 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dixon County was established in 1858. Several communities competed for the county seat designation, includingPonca, NE Historic Courthouses
Ponca Chief Standing Bear merely wanted to fulfill a promise; instead, he became part of one of the West's most famous trials. The Chief's son, like many of his tribe, had taken ill after being forced onto a reservation in Oklahoma. On his deathbed, the son uttered a final wish:Ponca, NE Indian Heritage
This has been the homeland of the Ponca Indians since earliest recorded history. In 1866, the Federal government signed the treaty of Fort Laramie, which transferred the land to the Sioux without the permission of the Ponca. Treaties made with the government in 1856Ponca, NE Indian Heritage