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The City of Power & Progress – Columbus, Neb.

Deb Loseke
Columbus/Platte County CVB, Director

Once you visit Columbus, Neb., you’ll quickly discover why Columbus is known as the “City of Power & Progress” – home to powerful people who are making a difference in their community; home to a progressive spirit which continues to move Columbus forward. In 2009, Columbus was selected by CNN/Money Magazine as one of the top 100 best places to live.

Columbus, located in Platte County, is the largest city and the county seat. It is conveniently situated along the historic Lincoln Highway Scenic & Historic Byway (Hwy. 30) and the Pan American Highway (Hwy. 81). It is located 3 miles north of the Platte River and borders the north side of the Loup River.

Located in Pawnee Park is the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial. Born in Columbus, Mr. Higgins rose to international prominence during World War II for his design and production of the “Higgins Boats.” General Dwight Eisenhower called Higgins “the man who won the war for us…” The memorial features a full-size Higgins boat replica, sculptures, memorial wall and World Trade Center statue, featuring steel from the fallen World Trade Center towers. Open year around. Visit http://www.higginsmemorial.com for more information.

The Pawnee Plunge Water Park features a full-day of fun for the entire family. It features a Splash Pad, Interactive Aquadek and Alligator Alley. Take a plunge down the Inner Tube, Triple Threat or Super Speed Slide, or a couple of spins around the Splash Bowl. Or you may want to just relax in the Lazy River. For hours of operation and admission fees please call (402) 562-4269.

Built in 1876, Glur’s is the oldest continuously operated tavern west of the Missouri River. The establishment offers food and beverage. During your visit, relive history by browsing the pictures that hang on the walls. Glur’s was visited on several occasions by Buffalo Bill while he was in Columbus rehearsing his Wild West Show. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. For operation hours please call (402) 564-8615.

The Quincentenary Belltower was officially dedicated on April 25, 1992. The bell tower was conceived as a lasting monument to the community’s celebration of the Quincentenary, the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ first voyage to the New World. The bell tower features a collection of 10 church bells that have area historical significance which toll every 15 minutes.

The Platte County Museum houses many artifacts and pieces of Platte County history. Exhibits include military memorabilia complimenting the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial, Native American artifacts, the 1857 Gottschalk log cabin, Victorian clothing, furnishings and heirlooms, and an authentic turn-of-the-century schoolhouse and barbershop. Please call (402) 564-1856 for hours or to arrange a tour.

The “Discovering the Colorful History of Columbus” mural is located in Columbus’ historic downtown. The mural was done to commemorate Columbus’ sesquicentennial celebration and the city’s history. The mural reveals important moments in the city’s development by peeling through eight layers of time from the present to its founding on May 28, 1856.

Pawnee Park, known as “The Picnic Capital of Nebraska” encompasses almost 153 acres adjoining the Loup River and Van Berg Golf Course. It offers a living tree museum, rose garden, 1904 Union Pacific steam locomotive, bell tower, Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial, Pawnee Plunge Water Park, family recreation areas, fishing, horseshoes, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, skate/bike facility, walking trails, 9-hole disk golf course and horseshoe pits. Open year round.

Lake North Park is a popular spot for boating, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, camping and swimming. Located four miles north of Columbus, this 200-acre recreation area includes two boat ramps with two miles of beaches and the Two Lakes Trailhead, a 2.5 mile concrete hike/bike path that connects to miles of natural surfaced trails along the Loup Canal system. Call (402) 564-3171 for camping information.

For more information about Columbus and the surrounding area please feel free to contact the Columbus Visitors Bureau at (402) 564-2769 or visit their website at http://www.visitcolumbusne.com.

Once you visit Columbus, Neb., you’ll quickly discover why Columbus is known as the “City of Power & Progress” – home to powerful people who are making a difference in their community; home to a progressive spirit which continues to move Columbus forward. In 2009, Columbus was selected by CNN/Money Magazine as one of the top 100 best places to live.

Columbus, located in Platte County, is the largest city and the county seat. It is conveniently situated along the historic Lincoln Highway Scenic & Historic Byway (Hwy. 30) and the Pan American Highway (Hwy. 81). It is located 3 miles north of the Platte River and borders the north side of the Loup River.

Located in Pawnee Park is the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial. Born in Columbus, Mr. Higgins rose to international prominence during World War II for his design and production of the “Higgins Boats.” General Dwight Eisenhower called Higgins “the man who won the war for us…” The memorial features a full-size Higgins boat replica, sculptures, memorial wall and World Trade Center statue, featuring steel from the fallen World Trade Center towers. Open year around. Visit http://www.higginsmemorial.com for more information.

The Pawnee Plunge Water Park features a full-day of fun for the entire family. It features a Splash Pad, Interactive Aquadek and Alligator Alley. Take a plunge down the Inner Tube, Triple Threat or Super Speed Slide, or a couple of spins around the Splash Bowl. Or you may want to just relax in the Lazy River. For hours of operation and admission fees please call (402) 562-4269.

Built in 1876, Glur’s is the oldest continuously operated tavern west of the Missouri River. The establishment offers food and beverage. During your visit, relive history by browsing the pictures that hang on the walls. Glur’s was visited on several occasions by Buffalo Bill while he was in Columbus rehearsing his Wild West Show. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. For operation hours please call (402) 564-8615.

The Quincentenary Belltower was officially dedicated on April 25, 1992. The bell tower was conceived as a lasting monument to the community’s celebration of the Quincentenary, the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ first voyage to the New World. The bell tower features a collection of 10 church bells that have area historical significance which toll every 15 minutes.

The Platte County Museum houses many artifacts and pieces of Platte County history. Exhibits include military memorabilia complimenting the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial, Native American artifacts, the 1857 Gottschalk log cabin, Victorian clothing, furnishings and heirlooms, and an authentic turn-of-the-century schoolhouse and barbershop. Please call (402) 564-1856 for hours or to arrange a tour.

The “Discovering the Colorful History of Columbus” mural is located in Columbus’ historic downtown. The mural was done to commemorate Columbus’ sesquicentennial celebration and the city’s history. The mural reveals important moments in the city’s development by peeling through eight layers of time from the present to its founding on May 28, 1856.

Pawnee Park, known as “The Picnic Capital of Nebraska” encompasses almost 153 acres adjoining the Loup River and Van Berg Golf Course. It offers a living tree museum, rose garden, 1904 Union Pacific steam locomotive, bell tower, Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial, Pawnee Plunge Water Park, family recreation areas, fishing, horseshoes, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, skate/bike facility, walking trails, 9-hole disk golf course and horseshoe pits. Open year round.

Lake North Park is a popular spot for boating, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, camping and swimming. Located four miles north of Columbus, this 200-acre recreation area includes two boat ramps with two miles of beaches and the Two Lakes Trailhead, a 2.5 mile concrete hike/bike path that connects to miles of natural surfaced trails along the Loup Canal system. Call (402) 564-3171 for camping information.

For more information about Columbus and the surrounding area please feel free to contact the Columbus Visitors Bureau at (402) 564-2769 or visit their website at http://www.visitcolumbusne.com.

Once you visit Columbus, Neb., you’ll quickly discover why Columbus is known as the “City of Power & Progress” – home to powerful people who are making a difference in their community; home to a progressive spirit which continues to move Columbus forward. In 2009, Columbus was selected by CNN/Money Magazine as one of the top 100 best places to live.

Columbus, located in Platte County, is the largest city and the county seat. It is conveniently situated along the historic Lincoln Highway Scenic & Historic Byway (Hwy. 30) and the Pan American Highway (Hwy. 81). It is located 3 miles north of the Platte River and borders the north side of the Loup River.

Located in Pawnee Park is the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial. Born in Columbus, Mr. Higgins rose to international prominence during World War II for his design and production of the “Higgins Boats.” General Dwight Eisenhower called Higgins “the man who won the war for us…” The memorial features a full-size Higgins boat replica, sculptures, memorial wall and World Trade Center statue, featuring steel from the fallen World Trade Center towers. Open year around. Visit http://www.higginsmemorial.com for more information.

The Pawnee Plunge Water Park features a full-day of fun for the entire family. It features a Splash Pad, Interactive Aquadek and Alligator Alley. Take a plunge down the Inner Tube, Triple Threat or Super Speed Slide, or a couple of spins around the Splash Bowl. Or you may want to just relax in the Lazy River. For hours of operation and admission fees please call (402) 562-4269.

Built in 1876, Glur’s is the oldest continuously operated tavern west of the Missouri River. The establishment offers food and beverage. During your visit, relive history by browsing the pictures that hang on the walls. Glur’s was visited on several occasions by Buffalo Bill while he was in Columbus rehearsing his Wild West Show. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. For operation hours please call (402) 564-8615.

The Quincentenary Belltower was officially dedicated on April 25, 1992. The bell tower was conceived as a lasting monument to the community’s celebration of the Quincentenary, the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ first voyage to the New World. The bell tower features a collection of 10 church bells that have area historical significance which toll every 15 minutes.

The Platte County Museum houses many artifacts and pieces of Platte County history. Exhibits include military memorabilia complimenting the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial, Native American artifacts, the 1857 Gottschalk log cabin, Victorian clothing, furnishings and heirlooms, and an authentic turn-of-the-century schoolhouse and barbershop. Please call (402) 564-1856 for hours or to arrange a tour.

The “Discovering the Colorful History of Columbus” mural is located in Columbus’ historic downtown. The mural was done to commemorate Columbus’ sesquicentennial celebration and the city’s history. The mural reveals important moments in the city’s development by peeling through eight layers of time from the present to its founding on May 28, 1856.

Pawnee Park, known as “The Picnic Capital of Nebraska” encompasses almost 153 acres adjoining the Loup River and Van Berg Golf Course. It offers a living tree museum, rose garden, 1904 Union Pacific steam locomotive, bell tower, Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial, Pawnee Plunge Water Park, family recreation areas, fishing, horseshoes, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, skate/bike facility, walking trails, 9-hole disk golf course and horseshoe pits. Open year round.

Lake North Park is a popular spot for boating, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, camping and swimming. Located four miles north of Columbus, this 200-acre recreation area includes two boat ramps with two miles of beaches and the Two Lakes Trailhead, a 2.5 mile concrete hike/bike path that connects to miles of natural surfaced trails along the Loup Canal system. Call (402) 564-3171 for camping information.

For more information about Columbus and the surrounding area please feel free to contact the Columbus Visitors Bureau at (402) 564-2769 or visit their website at http://www.visitcolumbusne.com.

Once you visit Columbus, Neb., you’ll quickly discover why Columbus is known as the “City of Power & Progress” – home to powerful people who are making a difference in their community; home to a progressive spirit which continues to move Columbus forward. In 2009, Columbus was selected by CNN/Money Magazine as one of the top 100 best places to live.

Columbus, located in Platte County, is the largest city and the county seat. It is conveniently situated along the historic Lincoln Highway Scenic & Historic Byway (Hwy. 30) and the Pan American Highway (Hwy. 81). It is located 3 miles north of the Platte River and borders the north side of the Loup River.

Located in Pawnee Park is the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial. Born in Columbus, Mr. Higgins rose to international prominence during World War II for his design and production of the “Higgins Boats.” General Dwight Eisenhower called Higgins “the man who won the war for us…” The memorial features a full-size Higgins boat replica, sculptures, memorial wall and World Trade Center statue, featuring steel from the fallen World Trade Center towers. Open year around. Visit http://www.higginsmemorial.com for more information.

The Pawnee Plunge Water Park features a full-day of fun for the entire family. It features a Splash Pad, Interactive Aquadek and Alligator Alley. Take a plunge down the Inner Tube, Triple Threat or Super Speed Slide, or a couple of spins around the Splash Bowl. Or you may want to just relax in the Lazy River. For hours of operation and admission fees please call (402) 562-4269.

Built in 1876, Glur’s is the oldest continuously operated tavern west of the Missouri River. The establishment offers food and beverage. During your visit, relive history by browsing the pictures that hang on the walls. Glur’s was visited on several occasions by Buffalo Bill while he was in Columbus rehearsing his Wild West Show. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. For operation hours please call (402) 564-8615.

The Quincentenary Belltower was officially dedicated on April 25, 1992. The bell tower was conceived as a lasting monument to the community’s celebration of the Quincentenary, the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ first voyage to the New World. The bell tower features a collection of 10 church bells that have area historical significance which toll every 15 minutes.

The Platte County Museum houses many artifacts and pieces of Platte County history. Exhibits include military memorabilia complimenting the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial, Native American artifacts, the 1857 Gottschalk log cabin, Victorian clothing, furnishings and heirlooms, and an authentic turn-of-the-century schoolhouse and barbershop. Please call (402) 564-1856 for hours or to arrange a tour.

The “Discovering the Colorful History of Columbus” mural is located in Columbus’ historic downtown. The mural was done to commemorate Columbus’ sesquicentennial celebration and the city’s history. The mural reveals important moments in the city’s development by peeling through eight layers of time from the present to its founding on May 28, 1856.

Pawnee Park, known as “The Picnic Capital of Nebraska” encompasses almost 153 acres adjoining the Loup River and Van Berg Golf Course. It offers a living tree museum, rose garden, 1904 Union Pacific steam locomotive, bell tower, Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial, Pawnee Plunge Water Park, family recreation areas, fishing, horseshoes, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, skate/bike facility, walking trails, 9-hole disk golf course and horseshoe pits. Open year round.

Lake North Park is a popular spot for boating, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, camping and swimming. Located four miles north of Columbus, this 200-acre recreation area includes two boat ramps with two miles of beaches and the Two Lakes Trailhead, a 2.5 mile concrete hike/bike path that connects to miles of natural surfaced trails along the Loup Canal system. Call (402) 564-3171 for camping information.

For more information about Columbus and the surrounding area please feel free to contact the Columbus Visitors Bureau at (402) 564-2769 or visit their website at http://www.visitcolumbusne.com.


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