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Pawnee County, NE

Pawnee CountyPawnee County was laid out as a county in 1855 with the county seat assigned that same year. A group of pioneers from Ohio, arriving in the Nebraska Territory in 1854, traveled up the Nemaha River until they came to a Pawnee Indian village on Turkey Creek. The settlement they formed nearby became a trading post for the area. Since the village was near the center of Pawnee County, it was selected as county seat in 1855 and named Pawnee City.

Pawnee County has many interesting places to see as several different travel agencies have arranged bus tours to visit historical Pawnee County sites. Motorcoach tours with guides find bison herds and an ostrich farm west of Pawnee City. Historical Catholic churches in Table Rock and Steinaur have impressive murals and a pipe organ. Table Rock is filled with a wealth of history. A one-of-a-kind group of individual museums incorporated in the downtown district capture and preserve the rich heritage of the community. The Czech social hall in Dubois is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pawnee County provides four recreation areas for outdoor activities at lakes, as well as hunting, photography, birdwatching, and hiking. Iron Horse Trail Reacreation Area is a 260-acre park and Burchard Lake State Park is a 150-acre lake, both offering fishing and camping and other outdoor activities. Pawnee County has over 2000 acres in six wildlife management areas. The County is known throughout the Midwest for its game bird population. Pawnee Prairie is one of the few area left in the state with unbroken sod and where you can walk and take photographs of the natural beauty.

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Z.C.B.J. Hall

Especially valued for its architecture, this building listed on the National Register of Historic Places is one of a kind in the United States.

Constructed in 1920-21

DuBois, NE National Register

Post Office Mural

The Pawnee City United States Post Office is a one-story, brick Colonial Revival-style building constructed in 1940-41. While the building retains a high degree of integrity, its historical significance derives from the mural painted on an interior wall. "The Auction"

Pawnee City, NE Arts

Iron Horse Trail Recreation Area

Quietly nestled in the southeast corner of Pawnee County, Iron Horse Trail Lake is an 85-acre lake situated within the 360-acre recreation area named for the historic railroad trail which winds through the park's wilderness. The dam was completed in 1983

DuBois, NE Recreation

Table Rock Museums

Table Rock is filled with a wealth of history. A one-of-a-kind group of seven individual museums incorporated in the downtown district capture and preserve the rich heritage of the community.

  • 100-year-old St. John's Catholic Church
  • - Built in 1877

    Table Rock, NE Museums

    Iron Horse Trail Recreation Area

    Quietly nestled in the southeast corner of Pawnee County, Iron Horse Trail Lake is an 85-acre lake situated within the 360-acre recreation area named for the historic railroad trail which winds through the park's wilderness. The dam was completed in 1983

    Pawnee City, NE Recreation

    Steinauer Opera House

    The Steinauer Opera House occupies the upper story of the Bank of Steinauer, a two-story brick building constructed in 1888 by town founder Joseph Steinauer. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

    Steinauer, NE National Register

    Hempstead House

    Among the four houses located in the National Historic Register District in Pawnee City, the large frame dwelling is a good example of the Queen Anne style. Known as the "Hempstead Mansion," the house was built in 1887-88 by E. F. Hempstead, who came to Nebraska from Illinois in 1886

    Pawnee City, NE National Register

    St. John's Catholic Church

    St. John's Catholic Church, built in 1877, has recently been restored to its original color. The unique and beautiful murals thoughout the interior were painted by a Russian refugee nearly 50 years ago. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

    Table Rock, NE Historic Churches


    Pawnee County WMAs

    Pawnee County has 2238 acres in six Wildlife Management Areas. The county is known for its game bird population. You will find pheasant, quail, doves, wild turkeys and prairie chickens. Deer, rabbits, and squirrels also add to the activity in the county's Wildlife Management Areas.

    Pawnee City, NE Recreation

    Table Rock Archaeological Site

    The Table Rock Site, located near the town of Table Rock, is one of only a few documented late prehistoric earthlodge villages in the Nemaha basin. Artifacts recovered at the site reflect influences from Central Plains Tradition (A.D.900-1450) culture.

    Listed on the

    Table Rock, NE Archaeology

    Pawnee County Bus Tour

    Pawnee County has many interesting places to see which are not open except by appointment. There are animals which are of interest but again, are not easy to find except by a motorcoach tour.

    Pawnee City, NE Tours

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