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Furnas County, NE

Furnas CountyThe Republican Valley is famous for hunting and fishing and sportsmen from all over the country can come to the area to fulfill their dream of "The Big One."


Many travelers on Highway 6 and 34 stop in Arapahoe to see the beautiful Our Lady Fatima Shrine and the Furnas County Museum located downtown. Arapahoe also features a modern movie theater and a picturesque city park with two picnic areas, playground, bandstand and swimming pool.


Arapahoe celebrates Prairie Pioneer Days in July and Holiday Highlight craft show the second weekend in November.


Take the loop four minutes off Highway 6 and 34 and you'll find a beautiful, scenic view of the Republican Valley and the small town of Oxford. The town offers a free RV park with all services and a new movie theater. Annual events in Oxford include Turkey Days and "Come Home to a Country Christmas."


Beaver City, the county seat, hosts the annual Furnas County Fair and Eager Beaver Days. The town also is home to the Furnas County Genealogical Society and Furnas County Inn.


Edwin Perkins, inventor of Kool-Aid, was born in Hendley. The town is also the birthplace of Victor Meyers, who was born on the last day of World War I and killed on the first day of World War II at Pearl Harbor.


For years, the merchants of Wilsonville have promoted an annual festival called Harvest Home. The tradition of community togetherness carries on today with Wilsonville's annual festival. During the first full weekend of June, Wilsonville hosts a rodeo complete with a parade, free Bar-b-que and the crowning of a rodeo queen.


Cambridge is located in the northern part of Furnas County on the Medicine Creek. Approximately three miles out on Highway 6 and 34 is Sky Chief Springs Ranch. Robert and Joyce Stear welcome anyone to stop in and see the man-made ponds that are fed by springs. The monument, dedicated in 1924 to the Pawnee leader, Sky Chief, is at this site. There are Indian mounds and an early dugout to be viewed. Ten miles north of Cambridge is Medicine Creek Reservoir with fishing, swimming, boating, and camping areas.


Cambridge also has a new museum offering free admission. Among the many activities Cambridge offers each year are Medicine Creek Days in late May or early June and Christmas Fantasia, held every year in December.


As you drive on Highway 6 and 34 into Holbrook, you will notice the log cabin on the north side of the road built in 1874 by William Penington. The Norwegian Lutheran Church is one and one-half miles west and two miles north of town.


The Holbrook Park offers free RV parking as well as a picnic shelter and horseshoe pit. Holbrook has an annual celebration, Holbrook Days, each summer in mid July. The festival includes a parade, livestock show, and River Rat Volleyball Tournament.

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Furnas County Courthouse

When Furnas County organized in late 1873, Beaver City was one of the voting places designated by Governor Robert Furnas, for whom the county was named. Competing with Arapahoe for location of the county seat, Beaver City was chosen for the honor by the people. This is where it has remained.

Beaver City, NE Historic Courthouses


Westside Park, Golf, and RV Campground

The Westside Park is the area to head for when one wishes to enjoy a cool and refreshing swim in the newly-rebuilt pool. There is the regulation size pool and a nice shaded wading pool for the smaller children.

Beaver City, NE Parks

First United Methodist Church

Welcome to Beaver City's First United Methodist Church. Enjoy the chimes coming from the bell tower on Sunday mornings immediately before and after the worship service. Feast your eyes on the magnificent stained glass windows of the church.

Beaver City, NE Historic Buildings

G.W. Shafer & Son, General Merchandise

In 1910, on the square in Beaver City, George Washington Shafer opened what his family lovingly calls, "the first Wal-Mart," G.W. Shafer's. "Grandpa Shafer was the first Wal-Mart," said Jean Shafer of Beaver City. "He sold everything ... absolutely everything."

Beaver City, NE Historic Buildings

Historic Barn

Many historic barns can be found throughout the surrounding area. Built without nails in 1887

Cambridge, NE Historic Barns

Kool-Aid's Beginning

"Mother would bring home some of the soft drink powder that Edwin was experimenting with and my father didn't know if he wanted to drink that powder, sugar, and water mixture!" - A partial reprint from the booklet Hendley Nebraska Centennial

Beaver City, NE One Of A Kinds


Sculpture of Rachel

Israel's matriarch, Rachel, was heard weeping for her children during the jewish exile and again during Herod'

Arapahoe, NE Arts

Beaver City Firsts

Flying Doctor - Our town has recorded some unique "firsts" in the field of medicine and aviation. Beaver City was the home of Dr.Frank Brewster, Nebraska's first flying doctor. Brewster bought a Curtis-Wright JN4D biplane in 1919. Purchased for $8,000

Beaver City, NE Famous People

Cambridge Museum

The Cambridge Museum showcases an impressive display of Native American artifacts, pioneer weaponry, agricultural tools, fossils, and coin and stamp collections. Furnishings of pioneer homes and businesses recreate the early life-style of Cambridge in period room displays. Southwest Nebraska'

Cambridge, NE Museums

Cambridge State Aid Bridge

Established by the Nebraska State Legislature in 1911, the state aid bridge program was designed to assist the counties in construction of major river crossings. In February 1913

Cambridge, NE Historic Bridges

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