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Upcoming Events
May
1
Sun
all-day Meadowlark Hill Lilac Collection @ 14 Miles SE of Ogallala
Meadowlark Hill Lilac Collection @ 14 Miles SE of Ogallala
May 1 – May 14 all-day
Meadowlark Hill Lilac Collection @ 14 Miles SE of Ogallala | Ogallala | Nebraska | United States
Max and Darlene Peterson have one of the largest private collections of lilacs in the world, with over 800 varieties. Directions:  From Ogallala, go south on Hwy 61 about ten miles.  A sign on the[...]
May
10
Tue
6:00 pm Boating Safety Class @ MPCC Ogallala Extended Campus
Boating Safety Class @ MPCC Ogallala Extended Campus
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – May 12 @ 9:00 pm
Boating Safety Class @ MPCC Ogallala Extended Campus | Ogallala | Nebraska | United States
Six-hour classroom based boating safety course. Two three-hour classes, Tuesday and Thursday.  Required of motorized boat operators born after 12/31/1985. Minimum age to take course is 14 or turning 14 this season. $10 fee for[...]
May
21
Sat
all-day Nebraska Free Fishing and Park E...
Nebraska Free Fishing and Park E...
May 21 all-day
May 21  is Free Fishing and Park Entry Day at all Nebraska state parks and recreation areas.  No fishing or park entry permits are required on this day.

Paxton

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Paxton, Nebraska is located 22 miles east of Ogallala at Interstate 80 mile marker 145.

Located on Highway 30, Nebraska’s Lincoln Highway Scenic and Historic Byway, Paxton offers a unique opportunity to step off the beaten track and experience small town America.

Downtown Paxton is home to the famed Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge, which opened its bar one minute past midnight on the day that Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Ole’s features a vintage collection of over 200 big game trophy mounts gathered by the original owner, including a polar bear hunted from Russia. Renowned for its meat department, Hehnke’s Foods opened in 1920, and is now operated by the third generation of the family.DSC_4790-300x199Visitors will also find a city park with newly remodeled swimming pool, public library, and many other amenities.

Paxton hosts an annual Labor Day Celebration, including the Thunder in the Valley Bull Riding Classic.

Positioned on the Great Platte River Road, the Paxton area played its part in America’s westward expansion. The Oregon Trail passed through a mile south of what is now Paxton. Alkali Lake, a stop on the Pony Express Route, was located about two miles to the southwest. Originally called “Alkali” for the alkaline content in the soil, the village’s name was changed to “Paxton” in 1885 for W.A. Paxton, a prominent area rancher.

(Photos courtesy of Grow Keith County)

Paxton Businesses

MotelNumber
The Lodge/Days Inn (I-80 Exit 145)308-239-4510
RestaurantsNumber
Anne Marie's (coffee & pastries)308-239-4400
Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge308-239-4500
Windy Gap Saloon & Grill308-239-4482
Gas & Convenience StoresNumber
The Lodge/Days Inn (I-80 Exit 145)308-239-4510
Paxton Pit Stop308-239-4418
AntiquesNumber
Anne Marie's308-239-4400
BankNumber
Pony Express Community Bank308-239-4441
Grocery StoreNumber
Hehnke’s Foods308-239-4215
RealtorNumber
Schow Realty308-239-4297