Visitor Guide


Recreational Areas and Attractions:

  • The Family History Center
    Located at the LDS Church
     6520 210 Lane
     Gordon, NE
     The extensive Genealogical Library includes local census, cemetery and marriage records of the area as well as providing access to records all over the United States.
     Contact Charlotte Ward @ 308-282-0329


  • Scamahorn Museum (Seasonal)
     West 5th Street
     Located on West 5th Street in Wayland Park, the Scamahorn Museum is the original Methodist Church, built in 1885 by the founder of Gordon, Reverend John Scamahorn. Over ten years of work and with donations for the Gordon area saw the building moved to its location in Wayland Park In 1994 the Sheridan County Historical Society took over the museum. Display's include antique medical equipment and office furnishing, quilts, dishes, Native American bead-work, photographs, period clothing, military memorabilia, an elaborate antique doll house, and much more. The basement houses material telling the story of the early merchants of Gordon. The goal is to interpret the history of Gordon and its trade territory through display and research.
     Museum hours are 1:00 -4 p.m., Monday through Friday during June, July and August.
     Contact Harlen Wheeler @ 308-360-0900 or Lori Meng @ 308-282-2716 for arrangements to view the museum at other times or use the extensive research center. Learn more.

  • Tri-State Old Time Cowboys Memorial Museum (Seasonal)  
     Located in Winship Park
     300 block of Oak St-West of Main
     Gordon, NE
     Located in Winship Park, the 40 foot by 80 foot log building was constructed in 1969 as a testimonial to the rugged western life of the old time cowboys who worked as ranch hands and performed at the Sheridan County Rodeo. Exhibits include an early chuck wagon, old saddles, chaps, spurs, tools and gear used from early ranches of the late 1880s to modern times, as well as many other artifacts and relics pertaining to ranching and cowboys. The museum is open every afternoon from June 1 through September 15, and by request at any time. Admission is free. Doc Browder, the curator, believes the museum has the largest collection of Bits & Spurs in Nebraska Learn more
  • The Tri State Cowboy Museum has been awarded Outstanding Tourist Attraction in the State of Nebraska! 


  • The Mari Sandoz Sandhills Trail
    The tour begins in Gordon, Nebraska. This is a do-it-yourself tour, anytime, weather permitting.
     Escorted tours available for 4 to 50 persons by calling 308-360-1293.
     Tour Stops:
    1. Walgren Lake - Scene of "Ossie and the Sea Monster" by Mari Sandoz"
    2. Catholic Church - land donated by old Jules, not in religious ferver, but because the priest was a stamp collector
    3. Well Site - "Near the top the frayed rope broke and Jules plunged sixty-five feet to the bottom, his footdoubled under him....."
    4. Sandoz River Place - First homestead of Old Jules
    5. Swiss Beguin Cemetery - Several Sandoz relatives buried here, along with Jules' brother Emile who was killed by a hired gun in 1908 in the conflict between cattlemen and settlers.
    6. Smith Lake - Beautiful sandhills lake with camping & picnic facilities, wildlife watching. Good place to stop for a picnic.
    7. Mari Sandoz Historical Marker
    8. Mari's Grave Site and the Sandhills Place - This was a Kinkaid Act claim. Thirteen year old Mari and her younger brother were taken there to live in a tiny shack to establish the claim. 

 For further information and Mari Sandoz books

  • Willow Tree Festival
     Gordon Nebraska in the City Parks
     The Second Weekend of September each year
     2 full days of professional performers plus clowns, mimes and supervised activities for children.
     Local talent, Arts & Crafts & Fun Festival Food 

  • Hunting The Sandhills Area.
     Some of the finest hunting and fishing in the country! Learn More
    Hunting Seasons
     Dove: September 1 -October 30
     Grouse: September 1 - January 31, 2013
     Pheasant: October 27 - January 31, 2013
     Quail: October 27 - January 31, 2013
     Antelope Archery: August 20 - December 31
     Antelope Muzzleloader: September 15 - 30
     Antelope October Firearm: October 13 - 28
     Antelope Late Doe/Fawn: October 13 - November 9
     Antelope November Late Doe/Fawn: November 1 - January 31, 2013
     Deer Archery: September 15 - December 31
     Deer- Mule Deer Conservation Area: September 15 - December 31
     Deer November Firearm:November 10 - 18
     Deer Nonresident Statewide Buck: November 10 - 18
     Deer Muzzleloader: December 1 - 31
     Deer Statewide Whitetail Buck: September 15 - December 31
     Elk Bull: September 29 - October 28
     Elk Anterless: September 29 - October 28 & December 1 - 31

  • 1890 Armstrong House (Seasonal)
     U S Highway 20 and Nelson Avenue
     Rushville, NE
     Artifacts that interpret the history of Rushville, Sheridan County and surrounding trade territory.Display's on the grounds are a log cabin that had served as an early day Rushville Post Office and telephone office and is set up as an early day home post office, with the original central phone board from white Clay. An Eclipse Windmill form 1880's era, manufactured by Fairbanks, Morse & Co. of Beloit, Rock County, Wisconson.
     Among the displays in Armstrong House are military and Native American history of the Indian Wars era from Camp Sheridan (1874-1881) and Spotted Tail agency (1874-1877), open range ranch history, old photographs and paintings, early day lodge and fraternal display, store items, clothing and more. The Benschoter Library  includes area history and pre-history, it is not a lending library and is only available on site with the curator present.
     Open Memorial Day through Labor Day
     8am -7pm Monday- Saturday
     Contact Gunnar Riis at 308-327-2374 for viewings at other times or to use the research center.

  • Hay Springs Heritage Center
    230 North Baker Street
     Hay Springs, NE
     The Hay Springs Heritage Society was able to buy the church building to serve as a branch museum in 1967. Work began in the Center immediately and other buildings have been added to the grounds. They include a refurbished one room country school and an original claim shack.

  • Gordon Golf and Country Club
     West 2nd Street
     (308) 282-1146


  • King Pin Lanes Bowling Alley
     101 East Orin Street
     (308) 282-1199


  • Barbarian Gym
     212 North Main Street
     (308) 282-2001


  • Gordon Swimming Pool (Seasonal)
     300 West 4th Street
     (308) 282-0711


  • The Gordon City Library
     101 West 5th Street
     (308) 282-1198


  • Winship Park


  • Wayland Park


  • The Plains Theater
     (308) 327-2211
  • Bowring Ranch
     (308) 684-3428
     There is a historical museum about Arthur and Eva Bowring, who both served in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is located 30 miles east of Gordon, just north of Merriman. This working ranch lies in a sandhills valley rich in Nebraska history. A newly constructed visitors center houses artifacts and memorabilia of early day ranching and the Bowring's political careers. The ranch is open for tours of the original Bowring home which is filled with antique china and glassware. A visit to the furnished sod house dating back to the 1800s is a step back in time. Owned and operated by the Nebraska State Parks and Game Commission, the tours begin in May and close September 1. Call (308) 684-3428 for more information. Learn more.


Lodging and Dining:

  • Jefco Inn
     Large Comfortable Rooms, Continental Breakfast, Jacuzzi
     308 South Cornell Street
     Phone: (308) 282-2935; 1-800-252-1319
     Fax: 1-800-282-1319



  • Antelope Creek Café
     Down-home cooking in a friendly atmosphere
     107 East Highway 20
     (308) 282-2754


  • Italian Inn
     Fine Italian, American food and spirits
     200 North Main Street
     (308) 282-0247


  • Pizza Hut
     100 East Highway 20
     (308) 282-0500


  • Western Cafe
     West Highway 20
     Phone: (308) 282-0188; (308) 282-2020
     Fax: (308) 280-2897


The Nebraska Panhandle and nearby Black Hills of South Dakota boast a large number of geological attractions and fossil beds. To learn more about what's in the area, visit the Fossil Freeway.