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Duncan is a village in Platte County, Nebraska located 8 miles west of Columbus on US Highway 30. The population is approximately 350. Duncan is home to the Tasty Toppings Manufacturing Plant which produces Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressings.

Duncan lies between the Loup River and Platte River in Platte County, Nebraska. Several miles south is the Great Platte River Road (the Oregon Trail). To the north of town is the site of a Pawnee village as well as the site of the Mormon Trail, the route that Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers used to travel to Utah. Duncan was settled by Swiss and Polish immigrants, whose enterprising and proud spirit live on through their descendants who still live here today.

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Duncan websites to visit:,_Nebraska


Welcome to Louisville, Nebraska. Louisville is a town in Cass County, located approximately 12 miles south and west of Omaha on State Highways 50 & 66. The population was 1,106 at the 2010 census. The Louisville State Recreation Area is located on the northwest part of town.

Louisville has a very active downtown with Restaurants, Businesses, Shops and a popular Country Western Live Music Theatre. Throughout the year the town hosts several Car Shows, 4th of July events, Halloween events and numerous others.

Sites to Visit:
Wiki of Louisville

Things to Do:
Louisville State Recreation Area
Platte River State Park – 5 miles west on State Highway 66
Bike the Northern MoPac Trail from the north side of the Platte River through Springfield to South Omaha

Places to Eat:
Main St Cafe  Downtown Louisville. Go here to find them on Facebook.


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Welcome to the village of Oconto. Quietly located in Custer County, Nebraska, the population was 151 at the 2010 census and sits 25 miles north of Lexington and Interstate 80 on State Highways 21 & 40.

The community was founded in 1887, but was originally called “Olax.” The current name was adopted because “Olax” conflicted with another Nebraska location.  The Village of Oconto was established following a generous donation  of land from Wallace Higgby.  The village, once known for its many windmills, was nicknamed “The Windmill Town” by the local people. The name Oconto came from the Menominee Indian word meaning “place of the picerel”.

A small area on the west side of town is home to the Oconto Sculpture Garden. A variety of larger than life metal sculptures, from eels to buffalo, they were created from junk and scrap parts by local artist, Charles Horn.


Web sites to visit:

Oconto – Wikipedia
Oconto Official Website


Aurora is a city located in Central Nebraska, with a current population of 4,479. It is the county seat of Hamilton County. In 1861, the first permanent settler arrived in the area of what was to become Aurora. Hamilton County was formed in 1870 and voters elected to move the county seat to Aurora in 1875. Most businesses are located downtown around the square where the county courthouse is located. The beautiful bandstand pictured above is located on the northeast corner of the square.

Notes of Interest:
The second largest hailstone ever recorded landed in Aurora on June 22, 2003.
Harold Edgerton, the inventor of the strobelight was born and raised here.

Places to visit:
Streeter Park – Swimming Pool, Walking Path & Picnic Areas.
The Edgerton Explorit Center – Dedicated to the legacy of Harold Edgerton.
The Plainsman Museum – Collects and preserves the history of Hamilton County.

Websites to visit:
City of Aurora
The Edgerton Explorit Center
The Plainsman Museum


The village of Brownville is a historic little town located in Nemaha County. The population was 132 at the 2010 census. Established in 1854, Brownville was the largest town in the Nebraska Territory, with a population of 1,309 by 1880.

Brownville sits in the Loess Hills above the Missouri River Valley. US Highway 136 runs through the town, exiting the state via the Brownville Bridge. The Bridge was built over the Missouri River in 1939 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Brownville is primarily a tourist attraction with several old houses opened for tours or converted into museums. Art galleries and wineries in and near Brownville have also helped to make the town an increasingly attractive getaway.

A neat little walking/biking trail winds through town and passes several historic buildings and the Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard. Near the River, the Steamboat Trace Bike Trail runs north through the town of Peru and finishes just south of Nebraska City.

Omaha’s River City Star (paddleboat) was built in the town in 1967, and was originally named the Belle of Brownville. The Governor Furnas Arboretum was planted in the city in 1992. The arboretum is named in honor of Nebraska’s second governor, Robert W. Furnas, the signer of the first declaration of Arbor Day.

Visit these websites

Brownville official website


Brownville Concert Series
Steamboat Trace Bike Trail
Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard
Indian Cave State Park – facebook


FortCalhounLocated eight miles north of Omaha on Highway 75, Fort Calhoun is situated in Washington County, with a population of 908. It overlooks the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska.

Fort Calhoun is rich in history. In and around town you will find the Lewis and Clark Council Bluff ¹, the historic Frahm House and the Washington County Museum. Also in close proximity to Fort Calhoun are Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, the first fort built west of the Missouri River. Across the river in Iowa you find DeSoto National Wildlife refuge and Wilson Island State Park.

In addition, city parks, trails and views of the Missouri River Valley are abundant. The Fort Calhoun Trail (paved) runs through town. The Missouri River Trail (limestone & paved) starts near the entrance of Boyer Chute and runs all the way to NP Dodge Park in North Omaha.

Places to visit:
The Frahm House
Washington County Museum
Fort Atkinson State Park
Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge

Places to Stop or Eat:
Longhorn Bar – great broasted chicken
To Far North – fantastic selection of Nebraska wines & beers
Rustic Inn – breakfast specials

Be sure to visit Fort Calhoun’s official website

footnotes: 1. This is home to the real site near Fort Calhoun and Fort Atkinson where Lewis and Clark held council with American Indians for the first time. Many people mistakenly believe it to be the city of Council Bluffs, IA.


Burwell is the county seat of Garfield County, Nebraska. The population was 1,210 at the 2010 census. Businesses include many restaurants, 2 grocery stores, a newly opened hardware store,  many other locally owned and operated businesses. Burwell is a gateway to hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, hiking and biking.

Burwell is home of the Burwell Livestock Market which is one of the largest cattle auctions in the Sandhills, home to Nebraska’s Big Rodeo, and the home of Calamus Reservoir. The drive around the lake is beautiful in itself.

In 1921 Homer C. Stokes started the town’s first-ever rodeo with wild horse races, bronc riding and calf roping. The facilities at Nebraska’s Big Rodeo are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and the facility is one of the largest outdoor rodeo areas in the world. The facility is on the southeast side of town along Highways 11/91. The Rodeo and Garfield County Fair are held each year on this sprawling 40 acres of grounds.

Calamus Reservoir was built by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation by constructing a dam across the Calamus River. The dam, which was completed in 1986, was originally called the Calamus Dam, but the name was changed to Virginia Smith Dam in honor of Virginia Dodd Smith, one of Nebraska’s state representatives. She served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1991 and worked hard to make positive changes for her state.

Calamus Reservoir is a great place to enjoy many types of outdoor recreation. It’s a popular lake for fishing, some of the species of fish that can be caught in the lake include bass, channel catfish, walleye, northern pike, perch, and wipers. Calamus State Fish Hatchery is below the dam, and those interested in learning about fish production can take a tour of the hatchery. It is operated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and produces millions of trout, muskie, walleye, and other fish species each year.

Places to Eat

Sandstone Grill – Do NOT miss eating here, great food and wonderful atmosphere in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Their dessert and wine list leave nothing to miss. The Steak was excellent as was the Salmon.

Places to Stay

Calamus Lodge 46358 828th Road, 308.346.4331
Rodeo Inn 150 South Highway, 308.346.4408
Pump & Pantry Motel, 517 1st Avenue, 308.346.4607

Visit these Websites about Burwell

Wiki about Burwell
Welcome to Burwell
Visit Burwell


Ainsworth is the county seat of Brown County located in the north-central part of Nebraska. When Nebraska was admitted to the union in 1867, all of the area around Ainsworth was known as Sioux County and was attached to Holt County. Brown County was originally platted to cover an area which now includes two counties, but was separated to its present boundaries in 1888.

Ainsworth is named for Captain James E. Ainsworth, chief construction engineer of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad, who arrived at the town site in June 1882. Ainsworth was incorporated as a village on December 2, 1883. Brown County, whose northern border is the Niobrara River, was established by the Legislature on February 19, 1883, and originally included what is now Rock and Keya Paha counties. Towns include Ainsworth (county seat), Johnstown, and Long Pine.

Merritt Dam, 72 miles from Ainsworth, was dedicated in 1964. It provides irrigation to 34,500 acres of farmland north and east of town. To the south and west of town are the beautiful Sandhills, covered with many different grasses, wild flowers and shrubs. To the north and west, the famous and beautiful Niobrara River flows, offering Tubing, Canoeing, Fish and other outdoor recreational activities.

Today, Ainsworth is the home of many businesses and is a major trade center for the surrounding area. There are 2 nice hotels here; Super 8 and Rodeway Inn. Downtown hosts several shops and places to eat, and a nice convenience store along the highway. People were very friendly.

Sites to visit about Ainsworth

Ainsworth Wiki
Brown County Website
Ainsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
Local news KBRB Radio