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Prairie Lakes Region, Nebraska

Republican City Orleans Brule Wood River Ravenna Elwood Beaver City Stockville Curtis Hayes Center Imperial Ogallala Sutherland North Platte Gothenburg Cozad Lexington Kearney Loup City Gibbon St. Paul Grand Island Benkelman McCook Cambridge Arapahoe Holdrege Minden Hastings Alma Franklin Red Cloud Trenton Grant

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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Historic Downtown

The main street of Grant has been designated a Downtown Historical District by the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Grant, NE Historic Downtowns


Chase County Hunting

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. Deer

Imperial, NE Recreation

McConaughy Camping and Public Use

Martin Bay Probably the most popular area at Lake McConaughy, Martin Bay appeals particularly to anglers, pleasure boaters, water skiers, and sailing enthusiasts. Typical of Lake Mac'

, NE Camping

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

Ole's Big Game Collection

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, 11

Ogallala, NE Collections

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

Howard County Courthouse

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 1912

St. Paul, NE Historic Courthouses

Sculpture of Rachel

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

Arapahoe, NE Arts

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

Harlan Lake Trails

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

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

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