Stromsburg, Nebraska

Stromsburg, Nebraska

Governor Frank Morrison proclaimed Stromsburg to be "The Swede Capital of Nebraska" at the Swedish Festival in June 1966.

In 1856, 155 people from Ockelbo, Sweden, sailed aboard the vessel 'Carolina' to a new life in America. After several years in Illinois, some of the people decided to move on to the state of Nebraska, with Swedish real estate agent Lewis Headstrom as their leader. Delighted that the landscape resembled their homeland, they chose to name their new town after Stromsborg, a section of Ockelbo, Sweden. The heritage and history of our town has been well preserved and has been used as a basis for the honest, wholesome standards kept by the community today.

Buildings from ‘native’ brick still standing are: The Viking Center, now a community center that was originally The Opera House; the Cornerstone Bank; two businesses on the east side of the square; and several homes. Brick streets still surround the city square in Stromsburg.

The Buckley family, descendants of early settlers in Stromsburg Precinct, donated several acres of land at the south edge of town for a city park. The city has since then purchased more land to enlarge the facilities. Buckley Park offers free camping, a double ball field, tennis/basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, a swimming pool, two pavilions, a playground, and an area for picnics. This has become a favorite camping and tourist attraction.

Another interesting feature is the Midwest Park Arboretum in the northeast part of Stromsburg. The arboretum has more than 75 different varieties of trees and plants, with more added each year. As a member-organization of the Nebraska statewide arboretum, it has an historical gazebo, the "Pioneer Couple" statue, and both playground facilities and picnic tables.

Stromburg's Swedish Festival held on the third weekend in June, features authentic Swedish food, crafts, parades, and a multitude of activities for the over 10,000 visitors that attend.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Victor E. Wilson House

The dwelling was built for Swedish immigrant Victor E. Wilson, who was elected to the state legislature in 1909. During the teens Wilson served

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Fawley Fountain

The Frawley Fountain has been the focal point of the City Square since the late 1800's. The fountain was placed on the east side of the park by J. A. Frawley and has been recently refurbished by his descendants.

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Historic Downtown Buildings

By 1882 Stromsburg had two brickyards furnishing material for businesses, churches, and homes. Buildings of "native brick" still standing include the opera house (

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Camping - Free camping and RV hook-ups at Buckley Park. Recent up-grading in the electrical wiring has made it possible to provide power for

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Morrill Farmstead - NHR

The Charles H. Morrill Homestead, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located on a picturesque site near the Big Blue

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Things to do near Stromsburg, NE

Hillsdale Cemetery

Overlooking the Missouri River on a high Nebraska bluff is the abandoned pioneer cemetery with markers dating from the mid-18...

State NRD Lakes

Clatonia 3A - 46 acresFind channel catfish and bullhead.