Things to Do and See

Attractions: Historical, Cultural, and Recreational

Historical Attractions

Pawnee County is steeped in history and is committed to preserving our memories of the past. From the boyhood home of silent film star Harold Lloyd to museums in Table Rock and Pawnee City, we offer glimpses into our ancestors’ daily lives.

Cultural Attractions

Cultural attractions offer information and insights into traditions and lifestyles different than our own. The growing Amish community in Pawnee County, for example, provides an opportunity to experience a culture that chooses to live at a slower pace and without the technology that many of us take for granted.

Recreational Attractions

If birdwatching, hunting, fishing, boating, picnicking, horseback riding, or other ventures into the great outdoors sounds like fun, Pawnee County offers a variety of options. Several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are located in our county, as are Burchard and Iron Horse lakes. Rolling hills, forested areas, and native grasslands create plenty of photo opportunities, as well.


Historical Attractions


Historical Attractions in Pawnee City

Pawnee City Museum
The museum sits on the east edge of Pawnee City and features 22 buildings and more than 25,000 historical items. It includes a barn that was in Dan Whitney’s family (aka the Cable Guy), the Butler home, the Curtis house, and more. On the fourth weekend in September, the museum holds Pawnee City Historical Days, which features a Civil War reenactment (every other year), along with demonstrations, vendors, and a twilight walk. Go to the Pawnee City Museum site for more information.

 

Downtown Pawnee City
The buildings around the courthouse square in Pawnee City date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, earning the commercial district a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop by the Tourism office and pick up a self-guided tour map.

 

Pedal Clinic
Tour this unique display of more than 450 pedal cars, tractors, airplanes, and other toys by appointment. The items were collected by Bill and Elsie Sunneberg, and they are displayed in a former church. Call 402-852-2655 for a tour.

 

Rinne’s Private Toys and Dolls Collectibles Museum
Created by Larry and Jeanne Rinne, this private museum is located at 1038 8th St. in Pawnee City. Call 402-274-1460 for a tour.

Historical Attractions in Burchard

Harold Lloyd Home
The boyhood home of silent film star Harold Lloyd is now a museum. Tour the home and see a screening of one of the 200 films made by Lloyd from 1915 to 1919. Call 402-865-4665, 402-865-4725, or 402-865-6155 to schedule a tour.

Historical Attractions in DuBois

ZCBJ Lodge Hall
This Czech social hall is on the National Historic Register, and dances are held on various Saturdays throughout the year.

Historical Attractions in Steinauer

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Built in 1926, the church features a Romanesque architectural style, beautiful stained-glass windows, hand-painted wall murals, and a large pipe organ.

 

Steinauer Community Heritage House
Call 402-869-2286 for an appointment.

Historical Attractions in Table Rock

Veteran’s Museum
View memorabilia from the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. There are several buildings to tour, including:

  • Turner Log Cabin
    Visit an authentic log cabin from the 1800s, complete with period furnishings.
  • Maple Grove Schoolhouse
    This one-room schoolhouse features authentic furnishings and artifacts.
  • Pioneer Museum
    Tour buildings that house horse-drawn machinery, tractors, farm implements, hand equipment, and automobiles.
  • Argus Print Shop
    The shop displays a printing press from the 1800s and typesetting equipment from the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Cultural Attractions


Cultural Attractions in Pawnee City

Old Library Art Gallery
After Pawnee City built their new library, the old Carnegie library was purchased by artist Thom Hunt, who converted the historic building into an art gallery that features the work of local and international artists. Open by appointment only.

 

Amish Community
In addition to several shops open to the public, the Amish community hosts dinners as fundraisers for their school. There’s also a big auction every June where they serve breakfast and lunch. Groups can occasionally arrange for a meal in one of the Amish homes.

 

Rinne’s Private Toys and Dolls Collectibles Museum
Created by Larry and Jeanne Rinne, this private museum is located at 1038 8th St. in Pawnee City. Call 402-274-1460 for a tour.

Cultural Attractions in Burchard
Cultural Attractions in DuBois
Cultural Attractions in Steinauer

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Built in 1926, the church features a Romanesque architectural style, beautiful stained-glass windows, hand-painted wall murals, and a large pipe organ.

Steinauer Community Heritage House
Call 402-869-2286 for an appointment.

Cultural Attractions in Table Rock

Recreational Attractions


Recreational Attractions in Pawnee City

Pawnee City North Park
Basketball, swimming pool, playground equipment, picnic shelter, and tables.

 

Pawnee City South Park
Tennis court, shelter with tables, playground equipment, and restrooms.

 

Pawnee City Swimming Pool
Public swimming pool. 402-852-2027

 

Pawnderosa
Fishing, RV/camper pads, and picnic shelter with tables.

Recreational Attractions in Burchard

Burchard Lake
This 150-acre lake offers fishing, camping, hiking, birdwatching, and picnicking. Use the blinds to watch the prairie chickens when they’re booming from February through April. Located 8 miles west and 4 miles north of Pawnee City.

 

Burchard Town Park
Picnic shelter with tables and playground equipment.

 

Mayberry WMA
Consisting of 195 acres of grasslands, trees, and a small reservoir, this WMA is home to pheasants, doves, quail, rabbits, and squirrels. Located five miles north and one-half mile east of Burchard.

 

Pawnee Prairie WMA
Enjoy one of the few areas in Nebraska with unbroken sod. It’s comprised of 1,012 acres of native prairie, wooded habitats, and a bit of cropland. A flock of prairie chickens can be viewed, along with pheasants, doves, quail, deer, rabbits, and squirrels. Walk the prairie and photograph beautiful, natural scenery. Located eight miles south of Burchard on Highway 99 and one mile east.

Recreational Attractions in DuBois

Iron Horse Lake
This 360-acre park offers camping, boating, swimming, and picnicking facilities. The lake covers 85 acres and includes a boat dock and ramp. A sand beach is marked for swimming, and there is a designated walking trail. Located one mile north and two miles west of DuBois.

 

Iron Horse Trail WMA (DuBois)
This 210-acre WMA was a former railroad right-of-way. It’s home to numerous quail, doves, rabbits, squirrels, and pheasants. Located one-quarter mile north of DuBois.

 

Klepper Park
Playground equipment, picnic shelter and tables, and restrooms.

 

Nemaha River
Fishing and rafting, located one mile east of DuBois.

 

Osage Outfitters, Inc.
www.osageoutfitters.com
Hunting packages.

 

Prairie Knoll (DuBois)
Birdwatching, located two miles north and one mile west of DuBois.

Recreational Attractions in Lewiston

Lewiston Town Park
Playground equipment and picnic shelter with tables.

Recreational Attractions in Steinauer

Boxwood WMA
The 320-acre WMA includes wooded areas, croplands, ponds, and grasslands. You can see pheasant, quail, rabbits, deer, squirrel, and doves. Located two miles south of Steinauer.

 

Steinauer Town Park
Playground equipment, gazebo, and a basketball court.

Recreational Attractions in Table Rock

Table Rock Park
Tennis/basketball court, playground equipment, shelter, stage, andrestrooms.

 

Table Rock WMA
This 400-acre WMA along the Nemaha River includes wooded bottomland, grassland, and cropland, with quail, doves, rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, and deer. Located one mile east and one-quarter mile north of Table Rock on the north side of Highway 4.