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“Discovering the Colorful History of Columbus” Mural

This mural was done to commemorate Columbus’ sesquicentennial celebration in 2006 and the city’s history.

  • 2524 13th St, Columbus, NE
  • 402-564-2769
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1857 Gottschalk Cabin

Although it was not the first home built in Columbus, this 1857 cabin was one of the earliest, largest, and farthest north of the Loup River.

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Agricultural Park Historical Marker

Agricultural Park Historical Marker

  • 822 15th Street, Columbus, Nebraska
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Alfred Maximilian Gruenther Historical Marker

Alfred Maximilian Gruenther Historical Marker

  • Platte Center, Nebraska
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Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial

The Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial stands as a tribute to a Columbus native son who changed history and to veterans of all eras who have served and sacrificed.

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Boulevard Greens Miniature Golf Course

This is a family fun favorite. Located adjacent to Boulevard Lanes, the miniature golf course is open during the summer months.

  • 1819 Howard Boulevard, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-564-8022
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Boulevard Lanes/Sahara ZZA Grill

Featuring 12 lanes for league facilities and includes the Sahara Lounge, grill, beer garden with sand volleyball and a large game room.

  • 1819 Howard Boulevard, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-564-8022
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Camp Platte Historical Marker

Intersection of Monastery Rd & 325th St, Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska

  • Rural Platte County
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Center 7 Theatres

Features 7 theatres showing the most current movies of the industry.

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Columbus Aquatic Center

Columbus Aquatic Center is an Olympic-sized pool with 8 swim lanes.

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Columbus Area Recreational Trails

Columbus has an extensive system of recreational trails throughout the city and adjoining areas. They provide a safe setting for the healthy activities of hiking, biking, running, and rollerblading.

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Columbus Art Gallery and Gift Shop

The Columbus Art Gallery and Gift Shop offers unique, original and collectible items for sale; many made by Nebraskan artists.

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Columbus City Parks

Columbus is host to 15 parks throughout the city.

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Columbus Family YMCA

Full facility YMCA

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Columbus Loup River Bridge

The Columbus Loup River Bridge spans the Loup River south of Columbus.

  • Hwy 81 & 30, Columbus, Nebraska
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Columbus Powerhouse Historical Marker

  • 3rd Avenue entrance, Powerhouse Park, Columbus, Nebraska
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Duncan – Historical Marker

Duncan Historical Marker - commemorates the history of the town of Duncan

  • Main Street, Duncan, Nebraska
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Dusters/Gottberg Brew Pub – Lincoln Highway Landmark

Originally known as “Gottberg Auto Company” – the building was built in 1920, as a Ford assembly plant, garage and dealership by Max Gottberg.

  • 2801 13th Street, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-564-8338
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Elks Country Club

Elk's Country Club

  • 5113 63rd Street, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-564-1451
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Evans House

The construction of the 28-room Evans House took from 1908 to 1911. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

  • 2204 - 14th Street, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-606-4096
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Ferry Rock

Ferry Rock in East Pawnee Park

  • Pawnee Park, Columbus, Nebraska
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Frank Zybach Historical Marker

Frank Zybach Historical Marker

  • Columbus Middle School, near intersection of 28th St & Linden, Columbus, Nebraska
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Glur’s Tavern

Built in 1876, Glur’s is the oldest continuously operated tavern west of the Missouri River still operating.

  • 2301 11th Street, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-564-8615
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Granville Cemetery Historical Marker (Humphrey)

Granville Cemetery Historical Marker - marks the location of Granville Cemetery

  • Humphrey, Nebraska
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Horn T Zoo

The Horn T Zoo is a family run zoo one block west of Monroe on Highway 22. Stop in, take a look and get up close to exotic animals from all around the world.

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Lake North Park

Lake North Park is a popular spot ideal for boating, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, camping, swimming and picnicking. 

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Lincoln Highway – Evans Hotel

The Evans Hotel, now renamed the Park Plaza, was constructed in 1913 along the original route of the Lincoln Highway through downtown Columbus. 

  • 27th Avenue & 13th Street
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Lincoln Highway Avenue of Trees & Lincoln Highway Marker (Duncan)

Duncan is home to a historic Avenue of Trees and original concrete Lincoln Highway marker.

  • Duncan, Nebraska
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Lincoln Highway Garage

In 1915 the Lincoln Highway garage was built.  It was located on the intersection of the original plat of the Lincoln Highway as it entered downtown Columbus

  • 23rd Avenue & 13th Street
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Lincoln Highway Gardiner Station Section

This 1.2 mile Gardiner Station section of the original Lincoln Highway and the Pratt pony-truss bridge spanning Prairie Creek were in use from 1913 to 1928.

  • Rural Platte County, 115th St. (between Duncan & Silver Creek
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Pawnee Park

This park, known as "Picnic Capital of Nebraska" encompasses almost 153 acres adjoining the Loup River and Van Berg Golf Course.

  • South Highways 81 & 30, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-562-4240
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Pawnee Plunge Water Park

The Pawnee Plunge Water Park will delight both young and old alike!

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Platte County Courthouse

Construction began on the Platte County Courthouse in 1920 and was completed in 1922. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

  • 2610 14th Street, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-563-4915
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Platte Valley Playhouse

The Platte Valley Playhouse season consists of three main stage productions. The new season generally begins in October and ends in March.

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Quail Run Golf Course

Quail Run has matured into one of the top ranked public golf courses in Nebraska. The course is carved through towering cottonwoods and nestled along the Loup River and historic Old Mormon Trail.

  • 328 South 5th Street, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-564-1313
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Quincentenary Belltower

The Quincentenary Belltower in Pawnee Park was officially dedicated on April 25, 1992. Each of the bells has area historical significance and a plaque near each tower tells of the bell’s history.

  • Pawnee Park, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-564-2769
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S.T.A.R Escape Rooms

Overcome brain-bending puzzles, discover important clues and work together to escape the room within the hour at STAR Escape Rooms.

  • 2705 13th Street, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-276-4854
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Spanish-American War Veterans Memorial

Spanish-American War Veterans Memorial

  • Pawnee Park Entrance (west side)
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Statue of Liberty Replica

Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America’s crusade to strengthen the arm of liberty.

  • Pawnee Park, Columbus, Nebraska
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Statue of the Prairie Pioneer

Statue of the Prairie Pioneer marks the North Branch Oregon Trail.

  • Quincentenary Belltower
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The North Brothers Historical Marker

The North Brothers Historical Marker

  • 764 33rd Avenue, Columbus, Nebraska
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The Villasur Expedition of 1720 Historical Marker

The Villasur Expedition of 1720 Historical Marker

  • Quincentenary Belltower
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The Zimmerers – Irrigation Innovators Historical Marker

The Zimmerers - Irrigation Innovators Historical Marker

  • Near Lindsay Post Office, near intersection of Pine St. & 1st St., Lindsay, Nebraska
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U.S. 30 Speedway

A 1/3-mile clay track offers stock car racing on Thursday nights April through September.

  • 23500 US Highway 30, Columbus, Nebraska
  • 402-910-1632
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Union Veterans of the Civil War Memorial

Union Veterans of the Civil War Memorial

  • Frankfort Square - Downtown Columbus
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Van Berg Park Golf Course

Located in historic Pawnee Park, Van Berg Golf Course was built in 1928 on property donated by Marion Van Berg, holder of horse racing's most career wins by an owner.

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West Hill Community Historical Marker

West Hill Community Historical Marker

  • Rural 325 St & 460 Ave, Genoa, Platte County, Nebraska
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Westbrook Lanes/Lamplighter Lounge & Grill

Bowling alley features 16 lanes and computerized scorecards whether you come for fun (open bowling) or leagues you are bound to bowl like a pro.