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Village of Sparks


category : Historic Towns

Situated in the unique Niobrara River Valley, this historic village began with the 1885 organization of the Sparks School District. Since 1888, area residents have continuously celebrated Harvest Home Festival each August with horseshoes, foot races, horse races, the reading of the town history and an evening bowery dance. Just a few area historical sites are:


--Rocky Ford Camp, natural rock dam that crosses the river, near the site of the old Bruce Mill.


--Russell Osburn Memorial Lookout


--The first log cabin built in Cherry County only a short distance from Conner's Camp.


--Old Rock Ford Schoolhouse, built in 1890 near Old Tunnel Rock.



Address: 18 miles east of Valentine
Phone: 402-376-3119

Come visit us in Valentine, Nebraska

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Cherry County Historic Bridges - NHR

Cherry County has six bridges listed on the National Historic Register usually designated as such because of their age and unique designs.

Bell Bridge

Valentine, NE National Register

Arthur Bowring Sandhills Ranch Historical Park

Ever wonder what ranch life was like during the settlement of the Sandhills in the late 1800's? A visit to the Arthur Bowring Sandhills State Historical Park will let you see

Valentine, NE Museums

Centennial Hall and Museum

The bond issue to build the Valentine Public School was approved in February 1897. It was designed by Omaha architect Charles F. Beindorff, and construction was completed in 1898. The two-story brick structure

Valentine, NE Museums

Post Office Mural - NHR

The former Valentine United States Post Office, constructed in 1936-37, is a one-story, brick and limestone Modernistic style building. While the building retains a high degree of integrity, its national historical significance derives

Valentine, NE National Register

National Wildlife Refuges

One of the world's unique geological areas,k the 19,000-square-mile Sandhills in north-central Nebraska is a vast region of sand dunes blown in by winds about 8,000 years ago. The nearby unchartable maze of grass-covered dunes scared away early pioneers.

Valentine, NE Wildlife Refuges

Things to do Historic Towns near Valentine, NE

Village of Sparks

Situated in the unique Niobrara River Valley, this historic village began with the 1885 organization of the Sparks School ...