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Historic Walking Tour Take your own personal tour down beautiful tree-lined streets, graced with lovely older homes and buildings. Many of the downtown buildings used bricks from a local brickyard. Settled by Swedes and Germans, the town has many homes that boast a Scandinavian influence in architectural style. Homes on this tour include one that was a wedding present, one that was a hospital, one that has a widow's walk and one that had a back staircase that was hidden by a bookcase. Take the tour and find out the long-forgotten history. It will take you north from downtown along tree-lined streets to Lake Helen which has become a beautiful recreation site. A two mile paved walking path winds around Lake Helen.

1402 Lake Avenue - Dr. Plum, one of the first doctors in Gothenburg, built this home in 1899. The wooden design around the turret windows is original. The master bedroom occupies the upper turret and the living room occupies the lower. Dr. Plum owned the first automobile in Gothenburg; a high-wheeled chain drive, with a stick-like steering device.

The complete tour of twenty buildings is available in a self-guided brochure available at the Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce office.


Phone: 308-537-3505

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Pony Express Station

The Sam Machette Station was used as an early fur trading post/ranch house along the Oregon Trail southwest of Gothenburg before it was used as a Pony Express station during its operation between April 1860 and November 1861

Gothenburg, NE Pony Express

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

1320 Lake Avenue

James E. Norsworthy came to Gothenburg with his wife Sarah in 1889. In 1905 he built this lovely 2-1/2

Gothenburg, NE Historic Homes

Ernest A. Calling House

Ernest A. Calling, a pioneer businessman of Gothenburg, hired L.J. Anderson to build this distinctive Queen Anne style home in 1907. Born in Klipp, Sweden, in 1870, Calling emigrated to the United States in 1889

Gothenburg, NE National Register


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