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
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
When you're traveling across the scenic prairie route along Highway 25, you'll want to take advantage of one of the few sand-green courses found in Prairie Lakes Country. There are nine holes of golfing pleasure that can be found by avid golf lovers.Hayes Center, NE Golf Courses
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
The original sandstone marker erected in 1931 on the land where the Duke Alexis Buffalo Hunt was held in 1872, stands just inside the courthouse along with other area artifacts on display in the historical musuem located in the courthouse. The original marker presented by D.L. Neiswanger in 1931Hayes Center, NE Museums