In 1820, Stephen Long, explorer and military man, called this country the Great American Desert. Today, he'd be shocked to discover dozens of man-made lakes and huge reservoirs complementing the grassy plains of the region. Nowhere is the relationship of man and the land more poignantly realized than Nebraska's Prairie Lakes Country. This relationship becomes even more evident in the excellent museums, historic homes and memorable personalities of the area such as Willa Cather and Senator George Norris. It's a country rich in history and personality that you'll enjoy getting to know and returning to year after year.
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Hunting is one of the many favorite pastimes in Chase County. Abundance of game, including deer, pheasants, and water fowl, make Chase County a great place for the hunter. Chase County also has many well-equipped lodges suitable for hunters any time of the year. DeerImperial, NE Recreation
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 1884-85Grand Island, NE RECREATION
Ole's displays nearly 200 mounts representing big game from every continent in the world. Hundreds of pictures and memorabilia share the rustic, knotty pine walls with trophy heads of North American and African big game. Many are world class records. The full mount of a 1500 pound, 11Ogallala, NE Collections
Howard County was established in 1871, the same year St. Paul was established and named the first county seat. In 1877 the first courthouse was built. By 1912 county officials were interested in replacing the aging building. Construction began in 1912St. Paul, NE Historic Courthouses
Harlan County Lake offers two nature trails of varying length and style. The River's Edge nature trail is located along the Republican River within North Outlet Park. This trail winds through the river bottom forest and is well maintained with many trees identified by markers., NE Hiking