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Prairie Lakes Region, Nebraska

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In 1820, Stephen Long, explorer and military man, called this country the Great American Desert. Today, he'd be shocked to discover dozens of man-made lakes and huge reservoirs complementing the grassy plains of the region. Nowhere is the relationship of man and the land more poignantly realized than Nebraska's Prairie Lakes Country. This relationship becomes even more evident in the excellent museums, historic homes and memorable personalities of the area such as Willa Cather and Senator George Norris. It's a country rich in history and personality that you'll enjoy getting to know and returning to year after year.

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Hanson-Downing House

The Hanson-Downing House, built in 1886

Kearney, NE Historic Buildings

McCook Carnegie Library

The McCook Library, listed on the National Historic Register

McCook, NE Carnegie Libraries

Opera House Mural

A highlight of the Ruth Armstrong Theater is the Dick and Kaylyn McBride Mural. what a story it tells! This beautiful 2000

Minden, NE Arts

Trails & Rails Museum

The Buffalo County Historical Society/Trails and Rails Museum traces the history of transportation through Buffalo County on a site where the Mormon Trail once passed. Displays include a Union Pacific steam engine, an 1898 depot, 1898 church, 1880s Freighters' Hotel, an 1871

Kearney, NE Museums

Annual Husker Harvest Days

The largest working irrigation show in the United States, the Husker Harvest Days is jointly sponsored by the Agricultural Institute of Nebraska (AIN) and Farm Progress Companies, with Nebraska Farmer magazine as host.

When you drive to the show site six miles west of Grand Island, you'

Grand Island, NE FESTIVALS


Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial

The Art Gallery and Bookstore, located two doors south of the Cather Historical Center on main street, carries the country's most complete selection of Willa Cather's novels, short stories, biographies, and critical works about her.

Red Cloud, NE Memorials

Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard

The long, narrow delta at the forks of the North and South Platte Rivers, populated by wild grasses and bulky bison, had been crossed before - by nomadic Plains Indians, by covered wagons and by the Pony Express.

But in 1866

North Platte, NE Railroad History

Sandhill Crane Migration

Fossil records reveal the sandhill cranes have been visiting this region for more than nine million years. For five weeks each spring, visitors to the Platte River valley in south-central Nebraska can enjoy the symphony of sounds and dancing rituals of 90 percent of the world'

Hastings, NE Recreation

Frontier County Courthouse

The first county courthouse was built of ash logs and was about 16 feet by 16 feet square, the size of the native ash trees. Rumor has it that the first location for the courthouse was chosen because it was the exact geographical center of the county.

Stockville, NE Historic Courthouses

Fort Cody Trading Post

Since 1963, Fort Cody Trading Post has been a landmark on the Nebraska Plains. Not only does the Fort have great shopping, but has recently finished a total renovation of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Minature for your enjoyment! Over 20,000

North Platte, NE Museums

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