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Historic Downtown Walking Tour

The Ponca Historic District comprises a ten-square-block area that includes the downtown commercial area and
a portion of the residential environs. The district contains houses, churches, commercial buildings, and public and
civic structures. The majority of structures in the district date from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Distinctive buildings include the Richardsonian Romanesque bank of Dixon County, the Carnegie Library, a
Neo-Classical Revival style building, and the Ayres-Adams House, a brick Italianate dwelling. The town of
Ponca, located in the Aowa Creek valley, is one of the oldest in the state, founded in the 1850s.


A 45-minute Walking Tour has been designed to guide you through the historic district area with 21 designated sites and brief descriptions about the history and occupants. A self-guided tour is available at the City Office.


The historic area is roughly bounded by Court, East, and the alleys between First-Second and Third-Fourth streets



Phone: 402-755-4165

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War Memorials

Union Memorial - "Sacred to the memory of the boys who wore the blue from 1861 - 1865.

Loss of Lives: North, 359,529 -- South, 349,556"

Foreign Wars Memorial - "Soldiers who died overseas - Dixon County"

Ponca, NE Memorials

Dixon County Courthouse - NHR

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, including

Ponca, NE Historic Courthouses

Cook's Blacksmith Shop Museum

The blacksmith shop was built in 1901 by C.O. Cook, who operated his business for over thirty years. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Ponca, NE Museums

The Ponca Tribe

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 1856

Ponca, NE Indian Heritage

Chief Standing Bear

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

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Kreycik Riverview Elk Farm

The Kreyciks began raising elk in 1986 as an alternative agricultural venture. The venture has expanded to include a buffalo ...