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Hall County, NE

Hall CountyWas there really an island in Hall County, Nebraska? Yes, there was . La Grande Ile was named by early French fur traders in the 1700s and formed by a narrow channel branching off the Platte River approximately 28 miles upstream from the present city of Grand Island and rejoining the main river about 12 miles downstream from the city. La Grande Ile was the largest inland island and estimates of its size range from 40 to 70 miles in length and 1 1/2 to 3 miles wide.

La Grand Ile was an important plain's landmark for the fur traders and pioneers. 1857 brought the first settlers to Hall County and the city of Grand Island incorporated in 1872. In Grand Island and Hall County you are at the crossroads of America.

As you travel Interstate 80, Route 30, 34, and 2, you parallel the early days' trails that passed through the immediate area. The Mormon Pioneer Trail, the California Trail, the Omaha and Fort Kearney Road, The Nebraska City Cutoff Trail, the Oregon Trail, the Ox Bow Trail, and the Pony Express went through the heart of Hall County. The Platte River is a braided river and one of only two in the Northern Hemisphere.

Hall County contains history of epic proportions from early occupation by the Sioux Indians, the arduous journey of the persecuted Mormons along the Platte River to their haven in Salt Lake City, Utah, to the numerous markers and monuments of pioneer hardships and settlements along the famous overland trails. A self guided tour of over 75 historic sites throughout the county has been prepared by the Hall County Historical Society and can be requested by calling.

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Liederkranz

National Register of Historic Places

Liederkranz means "a wreath of songs." In 1870, German settlers met to organize a German singing society to provide musical and social entertainment and to cultivate the member'

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

St. Mary's Cathedral

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - National Register of Historic Places

St. Mary's Cathedral is one of the finest Late Gothic Revival churches in the state, constructed in 1926-28

Grand Island, NE Historic Churches

Hamilton-Donald House

National Register of Historic Places

The house was constructed by Henry Falldorf in 1905 for Ellsworth D. Hamilton, cashier of the Commercial State Bank of Grand Island. In 1908

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

Hotel Yancey (Yancey Motor Hotel)

National Register of Historic Places

Named for its proprietor, William L. Yancey, the hotel was begun in April of 1917

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

Central Nebraska Ethnic Festival

Join us at this two-time award winning Ethnic Festival in the downtown Grand Island on the weekend of July 27-29. Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the world, all in one location as we celebrate our ethnic diversity. You too, can celebrate your ethnic heritage

Grand Island, NE FESTIVALS

Fonner Park

Fonner Park, located in the heart of central Nebraska in southeast Grand Island, operates seven days a week. A "live" thoroughbred-racing season is conducted from mid-February through mid-May while the facility televises nationwide simulcast horse

Grand Island, NE RECREATION

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Evangelische Lutherische Dreinenigkeit Kirche - National Register of Historic Places

Plans for the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church were adopted in 1890, but construction did not begin until 1894

Grand Island, NE Historic Churches

Glade-Donald House

National Register of Historic Places

The Glade-Donald House is a distinctive example of the Shingle style. The house is completely sheathed with wooden shingles, and incorporates many bay and oriel windows, including two prominent bow windows on the front facade. The house was built about 1905

Grand Island, NE NATIONAL REGISTER

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

Annual Husker Harvest Days

The largest working irrigation show in the United States, the Husker Harvest Days is jointly sponsored by the Agricultural Institute of Nebraska (AIN) and Farm Progress Companies, with Nebraska Farmer magazine as host.

When you drive to the show site six miles west of Grand Island, you'

Grand Island, NE FESTIVALS

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

This landmark English Gothic structure opened for worship on July 7, 1889. The church was constructed with red granite from Colorado and trimmed in gray sandstone from Wyoming. The stained glass windows were imported from Europe. In 1903

Grand Island, NE Historic Churches

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

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