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Deuel County, NE

Deuel CountyDeuel County lies in the southeast corner of the Panhandle of Nebraska as the gateway to some of the most spectacular scenery to be found in the high plains. Still part of the excellent grazing land that brought the Plains Indians and early pioneers, Deuel County offers hunting and fishing that draws visitors from across the United States each year.


Big Springs is located along the Oregon-California Trail and named after the fresh, cool, pure spring water that poured out of the hillside. The original spring still flows down above a park with swimming pool, playground, and historical museum. The Historic Phelps Hotel has been restored into a bed and breakfast. Located one mile from Interstate 80, you'll will enjoy the friendly atmosphere of this small, western Nebraska community and its many historical attractions.


Chappell is located north of I-80 on Highway 30, formerly known as the Lincoln Highway. Entering Chappell from I-80, you will pass the Pony Express marker, the Chappell Lake and the municipal golf course. Chappell has a beautiful library and museum, which includes paintings by well-known artists, and a rock collection donated by a local collector. Heritage House is an example of 1911 architecture, built and inhabited by members of one family.

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Phelps Hotel

The Phelps Hotel is typical of many hotels erected during the late nineteenth century in western Nebraska. The building is Deuel County's oldest hotel, constructed in 1885 by the Edwin A. Phelps family, who were among the first settlers in the Big Springs vicinity.

Chappell, NE Famous Homes

Waterman Sod House

The Wallace W. and Libby King Waterman sod house was built about 1886. The original dwelling had three rooms. In 1925, it was enlarged and remodeled by Virgil and Helen Burke Waterman, and the sod walls were covered with concrete. The family lived in the house until 1989

Chappell, NE National Register

Chappell Golf Club

Chappell's municipal golf club lies alongside the Chappell Lake located just north of the I-80 Chappell exit. The nine-hole, grass green course is a beautiful and challenging course open to the public from daylight to dark.

Chappell, NE Golf Courses


Chappell Lake

Set your hook in a largemouth bass, catfish, perch, walleye, or bluegill in this 30 acre community lake. A year-round flock of Canada geese have also made the lake their home.

The easy access just north of the I-80

Chappell, NE Recreation

Sudman-Niemann Heritage House Museum

Home as it was in a more genteel times this 1911 house has been restored to its original condition, complete with period furniture. Also featured is a display of the desk, chair, and flags from the Washington, D.C. office of Congresswoman, Virginia Smith - one of Nebraska'

Chappell, NE Museums

B-24 Bomber Crash Memorial

During World War II, Nebraska was home to eleven air bases, which filled the skies with planes engaged in training air crews. On June 7, 1944, a B-24J Bomber - part of a flight of 15 bombers from the 866 Bombardment Squadron (H), 7

Chappell, NE Memorials

Chappell Memorial Art Gallery

One of the most rare and valuable collections of art in western Nebraska, the Chappell collection features works by Rembrandt, Aaron Pyle, and unusual oriental art.

One wall of the gallery displays fascinating work created by local artist, Aaron Gunn Pyle, deceased, a well known

Chappell, NE Arts

Oregon Trail Marker

The countless wagons that passed through what is now Deuel County during the westward expansion of the 1800s left an indelible mark on the land that is still visible, even today. Wagon ruts remain visible in the native prairie.

Chappell, NE Landmarks

Bergstrom Rock and Gem Collection

Mastodon bones and teeth are on display, along with several other fossils found in the Chappell area. Nature's beauty can be found in polished stones and gems.

Chappell, NE Natural Attractions

Sam Bass Train Robbery Marker

The first and greatest robbery of a Union Pacific Train took place near Big Springs on the night of September 18, 1877. The legendary Sam Bass and five companions, after capturing John Barnhardt, station master, and destroying the telegraph, forced Union Pacific Express Train No. 4 to halt.

Chappell, NE Historical Markers

Pony Express Marker

The exploits of Pony Express riders are the stuff of legend. This historical monument marks the location of one of the hundreds of stations located along their route.

Chappell, NE Pony Express

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