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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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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

Cherry County Courthouse - NHR

Although Cherry County is the largest county (in square miles) in Nebraska, early settlement did not occur until the late 1870s. By the early 1880s, however, settlement began to increase spurred on, in part, by the construction of the railroad. In 1883

Valentine, NE National Register

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

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

Cowboy Trail

By the late 1800s, the United States saw railroad tracks stretched, like a giant web, across its entirety, carrying cargo and travelers towards settlement in the West. Long silenced, abandoned, and almost forgotten, a hundred years later the rails are beginning to see travelers once again. They'

Valentine, NE Recreation

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 ...