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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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Evangelical Free Church

Originally built as the First Presbyterian Church in 1909

Minden, NE Historic Churches

The Strand Theatre

Studded in bright lights, the Strand Theatre marquee heralded first-run showings of such movie classics as "From Here to Eternity" and "The sound of Music." For almost seventy years the Strand was the grand dame of motion picture entertainment in Hastings. The Strand'

Hastings, NE Theatres

Rose Bowl Theater

The newly renovated Rose Bowl Theatre draws visitors to Franklin every weekend. Movies are shown four times a week, Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 5:00 and 8:00 pm, and Monday at 8:00 pm.

Franklin, NE Theatres

Hastings Art Galleries

Aspen Art Gallery
2727 W. 2nd, Suite 440
(402) 463-0546
    Features sculpture, prints, paintings, and art of Herb Mignery and other regional artists.

Blue Moon Coffee Co.
113 N. Hastings
(402) 462-5214

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Hastings, NE Arts


Museum of the High Plains

Authentic pioneer artifacts from the 1870

McCook, NE Museums

Historic Barn

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

Cambridge, NE Historic Barns

Historic Orleans Hotel

For a step back in time, plan to stay at the historic Orleans Hotel. Built in 1929, the hotel's original hardwood floors and massive woodwork cast a friendly glow in the spacious lobby, with its open staircase to the second floor.

Orleans, NE Historic Hotels

The Kool-Aid Birth Place

This building is known locally as the birthplace of Kool-Aid. More accurately, it was the home of the Perkins Products Company, the manufacturing and retail enterprise of Kool-Aid inventor Edwin E. Perkins and his family. The company was housed here from 1923 until 1931

Hastings, NE Famous Homes

St. Mary's Cathedral

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - National Register of Historic Places

St. Mary's Cathedral is one of the finest Late Gothic Revival churches in the state, constructed in 1926-28

Grand Island, NE Historic Churches

Nebraska Prairie Museum

The Nebraska Prairie Museum contains an exceptionally fine collection of over one acre of indoor exhibits. Explore every aspect of life on the prairie and uncover surprises around every corner. Be one of the many visitors who exclaim, "This is the finest museum I have ever visited."

Holdrege, NE Museums

Franklin County Courthouse

The Franklin County Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1925, and stands as a significant marker of a long county seat feud between Bloomington and Franklin which was not finally resolved until 1925, as the new building was built in Franklin. In 187

Franklin, NE Historic Courthouses

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