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to Tour Butler County, sponsored by the Butler County Tourism Committee in Nebraska. Whether you are traveling through or you are a long-time resident of Nebraska, we have collected the essential information you need to begin your richly historical, cultural and recreational exploration. There are various sites to see, things to do, and friendly people to meet during your tour through Butler County.

Start your journey by clicking the “start the tour” button to the left, or click on a city listed in the Quick Links to the right to learn about the featured attractions in that area.

Sts Peter and Paul Church

Sts. Peter & Paul Church

The first baptism was held at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Abie on July 22 1877, making it the oldest established Czech Parish in Nebraska. The majestic cathedral that stands today was built Read more

Czech Cemetery

The Abie Czech cemetery remains as the only reminder of the original site of Abie’s first settlement. The original Church and Cemetery were built on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside, Read more

Abie

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Novotny’s

Take a trip back to the Old West at Novotny’s, just outside of David City. This stop features a refurbished draft horse barn, old-fashioned buggies, a sleigh, and Read more

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Ox Bow Pioneer Memorial Park

For a taste of the out-of-the-ordinary, take a stroll through Ox Bow Pioneer Memorial Park. This park is located along the Ox Bow Trail, one of the most Read more

Bellwood

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Oak Creek Trail

For those lovers of the Great Outdoors, Butler County has a nature trail that is sure to please. This project of the Lower Platte South NRD runs between Valparaiso and Brainard on the corridor formerly Read more

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Makovicka Winery

Makovicka winery is a wine-lovers haven, nestled in the scenic rolling hills of the Bohemian Alps. This family-owned and operated winery and tasting room is open for Read more

Holy Trinity Church

This Gothic-style Church completed construction and celebrated its first mass on June 10, 1888. The fact that it was Trinity Sunday is said to have lent to the Church’s name. Read more

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ZCBJ Hall

Another significant structure in the Brainard community is the ZCBJ Hall built in 1916. The hall was originally built by members of the ZCBJ Lodge, an organizing chapter Read more

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Raskey Motors

The owners of Raskey Motors have gathered an incredible collection of old cars and motorcycles, including Studebakers and Hondas,  over the years – so incredible that this collection is now Read more

Jisa’s Premium Farmstead Cheese

Begun in 2005, Jisa’s Premium Farmstead Cheese is a 6,000 square foot plant that produces an incredible variety of premium deli-style cheese.  Tours are available Read more

Brainard

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Homestead Lake

Another slice of Nature-Lover’s Heaven is located between Bruno and Abie. Homestead Lake is a 37-acre recreational area that offers fishing, no-wake boating, grilling, Read more

Bruno

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Downtown Square

Spend an afternoon exploring the downtown square in the seat of Butler County. The David City Downtown Square is a central hub of retail, dining, art, and education. Read more

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Rose Motel

For those travelers that will be in Butler County for an extended period of time, find some rest and relaxation at the Rose Motel. They offer a variety of rooms, with wifi, cable, coffee, and refrigerators. Read more

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Historical Society Museum

Appropriately located in the former Burlington Depot, the Butler County Historical Society Museum features pieces of History thoughout the Community. Read more

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Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art

Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art is the only museum in North America dedicated strictly to Agrarian Art. The museum is ideally located in the boyhood home of world-famous artist, Dale Nichols, and Read more

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Thorpe Opera House

Originally built in 1889 by prominent David City Banker, William B Thorpe for his musically gifted daughter, this historic Opera House has been the venue for musical performances, theatrical performances, Read more

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David City Park

This 85-acre park, located in the county seat of Butler County, has seen great growth and change from the original 12-acres of park land that was donated in 1889. The main entrance Read more

Shinn's Ferry

Shinn’s Ferry

The Shinn’s Ferry Historical Marker stands today near what used to be the original County Seat of Butler County, the town of Savannah. When first traveling across the Great Plains in Read more

David City

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Redtail Wildlife Management Area

For Nebraska Bird Watchers, Redtail Wildlife Management Area is a destination you don’t want to miss. Located 1 mile east of Dwight, the area sits on 320 acres of upland, and includes Read more

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Chicago & Northwestern Depot

The Historic Chicago & Northwestern Depot was constructed in 1887 and served the town until 1962. Trains no longer pass through or stop at the depot, as it was dismantled after Read more

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Dwight Assumption Parish Church

When stopping at all Butler County sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, be sure to add Dwight Assumption Parish Church to your list. This Gothic Revival Church was constructed Read more

Dwight

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Garrison

Located approximately 5 miles southwest of David City, Garrison began as a small hamlet consisting of one house and one trading post along the old Indian Trail. It grew to its peak population Read more

Garrison

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District 10 Schoolhouse

To add to your list of Nationally Registered Historic Places, take a trip to the District 10 Schoolhouse near Linwood, NE. As one of Read more

Linwood

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Timber Point Recreation Area

Located one mile east and one mile south of Brainard, Timber Point Recreation Area is an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts. This 160- Acre Recreation Area houses a 29-Acre Lake, as well as camper pads, hiking Read more

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Oak Creek Sporting Club

In a region of Nebraska that is immersed in some of the best upland bird and waterfowl hunting, Oak Creek Sporting Club is a hunter’s paradise. Family-owned and operated, this facility boasts thousands of acres of prime Read more

Loma

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Octavia

Like so many smaller communities in Butler County, Octavia is a peaceful, pleasant place to visit and enjoy the history of those towns that grew as the result of the early settlers’ travels out west. The story goes that the first  Read more

Octavia

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Rising City

Rising City is a town in Butler County that is able to boast many unique traits and historical tidbits: It has the only Post Office in the entire United States with the name “Rising City.” W.F. Weber, longtime Rising City barber, was listed in Ripley’s Read more

Rising City

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Surprise Opera House

The Surprise Opera House is another proud addition to the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed in 1913, it saw a wide variety of performances, from vocal ensembles, gospel singers, Read more

Surprise

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Ulysses

Another “railroad town” in Butler County, Ulysses, has endured its share of hardships over its over 140 year history. A plague of grasshoppers ravaged the newly established town in 1874 Read more

Ulysses