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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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Fort Kearny State Recreation Area

Campers will find south-central Nebraska's Fort Kearny State Recreation Area much to their liking. Once called Kearney County SRA, this rec area boasts excellent camping facilities. The attractive 152-acre area was acquired by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 1960

Minden, NE Recreation

Chief Red Cloud

Red Cloud, the English name of Makhpiya Luta, the Oglala Sioux chief, and his followers were prominent participants in the Powder River War of 1865 and other subsequent battles. The chief himself was a significant player in the failure of the army's 1865

Red Cloud, NE Famous People

The Sun Theatre

The Sun Theatre was built and used as an opera house from 1909-1926. In 1927, the theatre was opened by Glen VanWey. Children were charged 10 cents and adults 20 cents for silent movies accompanied by an orchestra. The 1930

Gothenburg, NE Theatres

Lighthouse Museum

Rosalie Boudreau's collection has been growing for 30 years. Her first experience was at an auction 45 years ago. She bought a buffet for $2, and that sparked a lifetime of collecting that turned the former Sears assistant manager into a museum operator.

Republican City, NE Museums

The Strand Theatre

Studded in bright lights, the Strand Theatre marquee heralded first-run showings of such movie classics as "From Here to Eternity" and "The sound of Music." For almost seventy years the Strand was the grand dame of motion picture entertainment in Hastings. The Strand'

Hastings, NE Theatres

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

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

Baseball Sites

Besides the Museum of Nebraska's Baseball Greats be sure to see these other baseball-related sites and events. * Historic Baseball Mural - Howard Avenue on the historic Cushman Building in the city park. * American Legion Baseball Fields - Declared as some of the best in the state.

St. Paul, NE Museums

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

Petrified Wood Gallery

Kenfield Brothers Petrified Wood Gallery is a museum of natural history specializing in ancient woods. The gallery contains a selection of gems and minerals as well as arrowheads and Indian artifacts collected over forty years by twin brothers Harvey and Howard Kenfield.

Ogallala, NE Museums

Franklin City Park

The City Park houses a sand volleyball court, lighted basketball and tennis courts, and a dip in the pool to cool off. Or relax and enjoy a picnic at one of two shelter-houses located in the park.

, NE Recreation

WWII German POW Interpretive Center

The feature that sets Nebraska Prairie Museum apart from other museums is its unique POW display. German POW's were housed at Camp Atlanta during W.W. II. These prisoners told stories of their exceptional treatment and lifelong friendships that developed through the adversity of war.

Holdrege, NE Museums

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