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Explore Keith County and Lake McConaughy!

Lake McConaughy is a mecca for sailboat and jet ski enthusiasts as well as fishermen and campers.

For more than 125 years, Ogallala has ranked among the state’s top tourism communities. As far back as the 1870s, as soon as the trail herds arrived from Texas, Ogallala was a booming, bustling community. After long, hard months in the saddle, cowboys were ready for a good time when they reached town.

Today, visitors to Nebraska’s ‘Cowboy Capital’ can enjoy Wild West entertainment at Front Street. The Crystal Palace Revue is Nebraska’s longest running summer theater. Besides the Crystal Palace Revue, Front Street has a free western museum, a restaurant serving real buffalo burgers and steaks, and a gift shop.

The Mansion on the Hill, built of brick kilned in Ogallala in 1887, is now operated as a Victorian museum and memorial to pioneer families. It is owned and maintained by the Keith County Historical Society, which has painstakingly restored the mansion to its former beauty. It is open Memorial Day through mid-September.

Three blocks west of the mansion, is the original Ogallala cemetery, long known as Boot Hill. It is now a historic park and is also a tombstone history of Ogallala where cowboys, settlers and outlaws were buried with their boots on.

The Petrified Wood Gallery is one of Keith County’s treasures and is located on Highway 30. The gallery is a museum of natural history specializing in ancient woods, fossils and Native American artifacts collected over 50 years by twin brother artists, Harvey and Howard Kenfield. Their creations include music boxes and wall hangings made from tiny pieces of petrified wood.

The gem that draws most visitors to Keith County is gigantic Lake McConaughy, formed by damming the North Platte River, which starts in Colorado and comes to western Nebraska via Wyoming. At full capacity, the lake boasts 100 miles of shoreline of white sand beaches and 30,000 surface acres of clear blue waters and some of the best walleye fishing in the nation. The lake is a mecca for sailboat and board sailing enthusiasts as well as fishermen and campers. Concessionaires around the lake offer restaurants, lodging, boat rentals, convenience/grocery stores, guide services, jet-ski rentals, scuba diving and RV campgrounds.

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The Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center is on the south side of the lake, nine miles north of Ogallala on Highway 61. Nebraska’s first water museum interprets the significance of water to Nebraska’s past, present and future. The center includes an aquarium and numerous photos of the Kingsley Hydroplant and Dam projects.

East of Kingsley Dam, the town of Keystone is home to one of the most unique churches you’ll find. Built in 1908, the Little Church of Keystone is the result of cooperation and pioneer ingenuity. It has a Catholic altar at one end and a Protestant altar at the other.

The historic Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. is a fifth generation ranch that is the largest quarter horse breeder in the United States, and second largest in the world. The ranch offers group wagon rides and chuckwagon dinners. Also, at the ranch is the Figure Four Traditions Events Center, a 7,200 sq. ft. facility available for rental and catering.

Another Keith County attraction is Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge in Paxton. It has been a favorite stop along the highway long before I-80 came through. It is decorated with more than 200 big game trophies Ole Herstedt brought back from his worldwide safaris.

For more information about Keith County and Lake McConaughy, check out the chamber’s website at http://www.visitogallala.com or call (800) 658-4390.

For more than 125 years, Ogallala has ranked among the state’s top tourism communities. As far back as the 1870s, as soon as the trail herds arrived from Texas, Ogallala was a booming, bustling community. After long, hard months in the saddle, cowboys were ready for a good time when they reached town.

Today, visitors to Nebraska’s ‘Cowboy Capital’ can enjoy Wild West entertainment at Front Street. The Crystal Palace Revue is Nebraska’s longest running summer theater. Besides the Crystal Palace Revue, Front Street has a free western museum, a restaurant serving real buffalo burgers and steaks, and a gift shop.

The Mansion on the Hill, built of brick kilned in Ogallala in 1887, is now operated as a Victorian museum and memorial to pioneer families. It is owned and maintained by the Keith County Historical Society, which has painstakingly restored the mansion to its former beauty. It is open Memorial Day through mid-September.

Three blocks west of the mansion, is the original Ogallala cemetery, long known as Boot Hill. It is now a historic park and is also a tombstone history of Ogallala where cowboys, settlers and outlaws were buried with their boots on.

The Petrified Wood Gallery is one of Keith County’s treasures and is located on Highway 30. The gallery is a museum of natural history specializing in ancient woods, fossils and Native American artifacts collected over 50 years by twin brother artists, Harvey and Howard Kenfield. Their creations include music boxes and wall hangings made from tiny pieces of petrified wood.

The gem that draws most visitors to Keith County is gigantic Lake McConaughy, formed by damming the North Platte River, which starts in Colorado and comes to western Nebraska via Wyoming. At full capacity, the lake boasts 100 miles of shoreline of white sand beaches and 30,000 surface acres of clear blue waters and some of the best walleye fishing in the nation. The lake is a mecca for sailboat and board sailing enthusiasts as well as fishermen and campers. Concessionaires around the lake offer restaurants, lodging, boat rentals, convenience/grocery stores, guide services, jet-ski rentals, scuba diving and RV campgrounds.

The Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center is on the south side of the lake, nine miles north of Ogallala on Highway 61. Nebraska’s first water museum interprets the significance of water to Nebraska’s past, present and future. The center includes an aquarium and numerous photos of the Kingsley Hydroplant and Dam projects.

East of Kingsley Dam, the town of Keystone is home to one of the most unique churches you’ll find. Built in 1908, the Little Church of Keystone is the result of cooperation and pioneer ingenuity. It has a Catholic altar at one end and a Protestant altar at the other.

The historic Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. is a fifth generation ranch that is the largest quarter horse breeder in the United States, and second largest in the world. The ranch offers group wagon rides and chuckwagon dinners. Also, at the ranch is the Figure Four Traditions Events Center, a 7,200 sq. ft. facility available for rental and catering.

Another Keith County attraction is Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge in Paxton. It has been a favorite stop along the highway long before I-80 came through. It is decorated with more than 200 big game trophies Ole Herstedt brought back from his worldwide safaris.

For more information about Keith County and Lake McConaughy, check out the chamber’s website at http://www.visitogallala.com or call (800) 658-4390.

For more than 125 years, Ogallala has ranked among the state’s top tourism communities. As far back as the 1870s, as soon as the trail herds arrived from Texas, Ogallala was a booming, bustling community. After long, hard months in the saddle, cowboys were ready for a good time when they reached town.

Today, visitors to Nebraska’s ‘Cowboy Capital’ can enjoy Wild West entertainment at Front Street. The Crystal Palace Revue is Nebraska’s longest running summer theater. Besides the Crystal Palace Revue, Front Street has a free western museum, a restaurant serving real buffalo burgers and steaks, and a gift shop.

The Mansion on the Hill, built of brick kilned in Ogallala in 1887, is now operated as a Victorian museum and memorial to pioneer families. It is owned and maintained by the Keith County Historical Society, which has painstakingly restored the mansion to its former beauty. It is open Memorial Day through mid-September.

Three blocks west of the mansion, is the original Ogallala cemetery, long known as Boot Hill. It is now a historic park and is also a tombstone history of Ogallala where cowboys, settlers and outlaws were buried with their boots on.

The Petrified Wood Gallery is one of Keith County’s treasures and is located on Highway 30. The gallery is a museum of natural history specializing in ancient woods, fossils and Native American artifacts collected over 50 years by twin brother artists, Harvey and Howard Kenfield. Their creations include music boxes and wall hangings made from tiny pieces of petrified wood.

The gem that draws most visitors to Keith County is gigantic Lake McConaughy, formed by damming the North Platte River, which starts in Colorado and comes to western Nebraska via Wyoming. At full capacity, the lake boasts 100 miles of shoreline of white sand beaches and 30,000 surface acres of clear blue waters and some of the best walleye fishing in the nation. The lake is a mecca for sailboat and board sailing enthusiasts as well as fishermen and campers. Concessionaires around the lake offer restaurants, lodging, boat rentals, convenience/grocery stores, guide services, jet-ski rentals, scuba diving and RV campgrounds.

The Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center is on the south side of the lake, nine miles north of Ogallala on Highway 61. Nebraska’s first water museum interprets the significance of water to Nebraska’s past, present and future. The center includes an aquarium and numerous photos of the Kingsley Hydroplant and Dam projects.

East of Kingsley Dam, the town of Keystone is home to one of the most unique churches you’ll find. Built in 1908, the Little Church of Keystone is the result of cooperation and pioneer ingenuity. It has a Catholic altar at one end and a Protestant altar at the other.

The historic Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. is a fifth generation ranch that is the largest quarter horse breeder in the United States, and second largest in the world. The ranch offers group wagon rides and chuckwagon dinners. Also, at the ranch is the Figure Four Traditions Events Center, a 7,200 sq. ft. facility available for rental and catering.

Another Keith County attraction is Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge in Paxton. It has been a favorite stop along the highway long before I-80 came through. It is decorated with more than 200 big game trophies Ole Herstedt brought back from his worldwide safaris.

For more information about Keith County and Lake McConaughy, check out the chamber’s website at http://www.visitogallala.com or call (800) 658-4390.