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Grand Island, Nebraska

Grand Island, Nebraska

Welcome to Grand Island! -- Or, as the French traders named it, "La Grande Ile," which in the late 1700s was discovered as being formed by a narrow channel that branched off the Platte River and created an island out of this portion of prairie.

Whether you are here on business, a vacation, attending a convention or a special reunion, you've chosen a wonderful time to visit. Grand Island offers a perfect setting for fun family activities; exploring or reliving the past.

We encourage you to take in everything that Grand Island has to offer. Explore our area's pioneer heritage. Cool off in the Island Oasis. Enjoy an ethnic festival. Take a prairie wildflower hike at the Nature Center. Play the links. Tap your toes to an old-fashioned concert in the park or great country western entertainment at the county fair. Cheer on your favorite horse or rider. Visit our wonderful art galleries and antique shops. Or if shopping is your bag, explore Nebraska's third largest retail trade center - Grand Island. Take a drive through our county towns of Doniphan, Cairo, Wood River and Alda ... see what makes our area so special!

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Fort O.K. Cannon

The cannon located on the South lawn of the Courthouse is dated 1853 and with the forged stamp of AMES CO. FOUNDERS, CHICOPEE, MASS.

"This cannon was left at Fort O.K. August 22, 1865 by Major J.R. Curtis 'for the protection of the settlement against attack by Hostile Indians'."

Grand Island, NE Landmarks

Andrew M. Hargis House

National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1898, the Andrew M. Hargis House is a fine example of the Queen Anne style and also incorporates Neo-Classical Revival detailing in its design. Hargis founded the Grand Island Business and Normal College in 1885

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

Stuhr Museum

Experience the authentic lifestyle of America's prairie heritage at one of the nation's top ten Living History museums ... Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer!

Stuhr Museum is located on 200 acres

Grand Island, NE Museums

William Stolley Homestead

William Stolley was one of a small band of German immigrants who came to the central Platte Valley of Nebraska Territory in 1857. Stolley filed the first squatter's claim in the county. He helped organize School District 1

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

Mormon Island State Recreation Area

Named for the winter stopover used by Mormon emigrants heading westward, Mormon Island State Recreation Area still offers comfort and conveniences to campers and other travelers on Interstate 80, as part of Nebraska's unique "Chain of Lakes."

In 1884-85

Grand Island, NE RECREATION

Things to do near Grand Island, NE

Gosper County Carnival

Elwood also boasts it own home-based, annual Lions/Gosper County Carnival held the last weekend of July. It's an excellent p...

Enders Hunting

Including the lake, the entire State Recreation Area encompasses 5,300 acres. Of the 3,643 acres of land, The Enders Wildlife...