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1857 Gottschalk Cabin Hailing as one of the original 13 founders of Columbus, Frederick Gottschalk’s cabin was one of the earliest and largest homes to be built in the community.

Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial Nestled in Pawnee Park, the main feature of the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial is the steel replica of an LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel), or “Higgins boat.” Designed by Andrew Jackson Higgins, these boats played significant parts in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The sand the Higgins boat sits upon is comprised of sand samples from several D-Day beaches.

Columbus Art Gallery Located in the Columbus Public Library, the Columbus Art Gallery is host to a number of diverse exhibits and events.

“Discovering the Colorful History of Columbus” Mural In dedication to the community’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2006, this mural depicts Columbus’ history since its establishment on May 28, 1856.

Evans House Once home to Dr. Carroll Dandola Evans, one of the community’s premier physicians, and his wife Lorena Rose North, this 28-room home fuses the architectural styles of Renaissance, Greek and Spanish Colonial.

Glur’s Tavern Standing as the oldest tavern west of the Missouri River still in operation, Glur’s Tavern was constructed in 1876 and continues to offer guests a variety of food and beverages.

downtown columbus

Historic Downtown Columbus This 31-acre historic district, now one of the state’s largest continuous-use economic locales, is the site of 100 buildings that had been erected between the late 1800s and the mid-1990s. A number of unique specialty shops span this district, ranging from clothing stores to collectibles and antique shops. And in the warmer months, visitors can enjoy Lawnchairs on the Square in Frankfort Square, which offers musical entertainment every Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from June until mid-August.

Lake North and Babcock Located four miles north of Columbus, Lake North offers two miles of beaches and two boat-launching ramps. Carp, channel catfish, drum, crappie and walleye have been taken from Lake North. Bullhead, carp, channel and flathead catfish have been taken from Lake Babcock. Record-breaking catfish have also been taken from the Loup Canal. The silting basin west of Genoa and the Columbus Powerhouse are popular spots

pawnee park

Pawnee Park This 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, family recreation playground areas, sand volleyball courts, fishing, winter ice skating, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, a 2,000 seat stadium with a lighted football field, an eight-lane all weather running track, one large picnic shelter for seating 850 people and one small shelter seating 250.

Pawnee Plunge Water Park Opened in the spring of 2006, this $6.5 million water park is comprised of water slides, a lazy river, interactive play areas and a sand play area.

platte county ag park

Platte County Ag Park Agricultural Park hosts live thoroughbred racing on summer weekends and simulcast horse racing throughout the year. Race fans can enjoy racing from around the country in the air-conditioned Clubroom. The facility has a seating capacity of 600 and food and beverage service.

Platte County Courthouse Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, highlights to the courthouse include the carving of Columbus’ 13 founders around the top of the building, as well as its beautiful Neo-Classical Revival style architecture.

Platte County Museum The museum is lined with a multitude of historical items, authentic artifacts and photographs that have been collected over the years. Overseen by the Platte County Historical Society, the facility hails as one of the four original Ward schools. Features include the 1857 Gottschalk Log Cabin, a turn-of-the-century country school and barber shop, a 1913 Indian Motorcycle and a 1914 Chevrolet Baby Grand Touring Car, among other items.

Quincentenary Belltower Situated in Pawnee Park, the belltower is a monument that was constructed in celebration of Columbus’ Quincentenary. It is comprised of ten bells, each encompassing specific historical highlights of the area.

Trails System Two Lakes Trail travels 2.5 miles through Loup Power District parks and a wildlife refuge. The Bob Lake Trail begins on the west side of Lake Babcock. The 1.3 mile-long-section is recommended for well-equipped hikers and mountain bikers. Follow the path along the dike to the Lake North perimeter road. This one-mile leg ends at the entrance parking lot. Wilderness Trail is a concrete path that offers safe passage for walkers and riders to the youth soccer complex located on 18th Avenue. The trail also allows access to other existing recreational trails. Free parking is available at most trailheads.

U.S. 30 Speedway Cheer on your favorite driver at this 1/3-mile clay track, located on the southwest side of Columbus.

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