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Prairie Lakes Region, Nebraska

Republican City Orleans Brule Wood River Ravenna Elwood Beaver City Stockville Curtis Hayes Center Imperial Ogallala Sutherland North Platte Gothenburg Cozad Lexington Kearney Loup City Gibbon St. Paul Grand Island Benkelman McCook Cambridge Arapahoe Holdrege Minden Hastings Alma Franklin Red Cloud Trenton Grant

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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Lake Helen

Foresighted citizens approved a bond issue in 1889 for construction of a 12

Gothenburg, NE Recreation

The Stein Building

For more than 30 years after the turn of the century, the Stein Brothers Store provided quality merchandise from all over the world to south central Nebraska shoppers. Located at 620 West Second Street, the Stein building was easily identifiable by the unique lion'

Hastings, NE National Register

Lakeside Country Club

Lakeside Country Club is a semi-private course located immediately south of Johnson Lake and lying along the entire length of its dam. It is an 18-hole Bent grass course with water in play, built in 1967

Elwood, NE Golf Courses

McConaughy Camping and Public Use

Martin Bay Probably the most popular area at Lake McConaughy, Martin Bay appeals particularly to anglers, pleasure boaters, water skiers, and sailing enthusiasts. Typical of Lake Mac'

, NE Camping

Trenton Golf Course

One of only four sand green courses in the southwest region, the Trenton Golf Course offers a challenging nine-hole, eighteen tee-boxes alternative for golf lovers with its skill-testing sand greens. Known as the "best sand-greens golf course in the West"

Trenton, NE Golf Courses

Hotel Yancey (Yancey Motor Hotel)

National Register of Historic Places

Named for its proprietor, William L. Yancey, the hotel was begun in April of 1917

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

Harlan Lake Camping

North Shore Marina Camping-- Our campground features 75 spaces with large lots, and many pull through spaces. Sewer hookup, water, and 50 amp electrical service is available on every site. "This campground is for RV's only."

, NE Camping

Hansen Memorial Museum

Browse at your leisure through the rooms of the two story Victorian farm house and reminisce about bygone days. Anne Marie Hansen Jamison donated the house to the City of Curtis in 1973 to be used as a museum. The house was built on the Hansen family homestead nine miles North of Curtis in 1910-1911

Curtis, NE Museums

Veterans' War Memorial

Located on the west shore of Lake Helen, this memorial is a reminder of sacrifices made by veterans and their families of all wars. The names listed commemorate local residents who gave their lives. World War I:

Gothenburg, NE Memorials

Hike-Bike Bridge Crane Viewing

The Hike-Bike Bridge at the Fort Kearny State Recreation Area is an excellent crane viewing location open to the public. The viewing location is an easy 1/3

Kearney, NE Recreation

Liederkranz

National Register of Historic Places

Liederkranz means "a wreath of songs." In 1870, German settlers met to organize a German singing society to provide musical and social entertainment and to cultivate the member'

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

Dancing Leaf

One thousand years ago in Southwest Nebraska, there lived small groups of Native Americans known to archeologists as the Upper Republican Culture. These farming people were probably ancestors to the Pawnee Tribe. Some may feel their way

North Platte, NE Tours

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