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The Christmas City


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It all started in 1915 with a combination of bad weather and a community spirited City Light Commissioner. Local residents wanted to impress the state convention of the Grand Army of the Republic, so, City Light Commissioner J. W. Haws stretched strings of lights from the Railroad Depot to the town square. Three days of freezing rain made it impossible to use the uninsulated strings of lights.

At Christmas time the light commissioner decided to surprise the towns-people. Working alone he colored the lights and strung them on the Courthouse dome. He turned them on Christmas Eve.

For years Mr. Haws hand-dipped the bulbs and arranged Christmas designs on the dome of the Courthouse. Because of his efforts, Minden in known as "The Christmas City."


Address: Located in the Town Square
(5th and Colorado)
Phone: (308) 832-1811

Come visit us in Minden, Nebraska

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Minden Opera House

Minden Opera House was built in 1891 and featured plays and Monday night dances that drew traveling bands until entertainment events at the facility ceased in the late 1940'

Minden, NE Historic Buildings

Kearney County Historical Museum

Memories of Kearney County since the Civil War.
Historical Articles Of All Kinds. Many school Pictures and other old pictures, books, magazines, newspapers.

Minden, NE Museums


Historic Homes Tour

A printed self-guided driving or walking tour of 41 architectural and historical buildings and homes is available at the Pioneer Village Motel and the Chamber of Commerce.

Minden, NE Tours

Evangelical Free Church

Originally built as the First Presbyterian Church in 1909

Minden, NE Historic Churches

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The Christmas City

It all started in 1915 with a combination of bad weather and a community spirited City Light Commissioner. Local residents wa...