Calendar of Events

6:00 pm Essentials of Kayaking
Essentials of Kayaking
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Essentials of Kayaking Thursday, May 24th 6:00-8:00pm Spillway Bay Registration required; limit 7 people.   Call Mid Plains Community College at 308-284-9830 to register or email  Come out and join a basic instructional course on[...]
8:00 am Birds and Breakfast
Birds and Breakfast
May 26 @ 8:00 am
Birds and Breakfast Saturday, May 26th 8:00am Ash Hollow State Historical Park/Picnic Area Come out and enjoy a morning all about birds! There will be a presentation on the basics of birding and bird ID.[...]
all-day Drovers Invitational Golf Tourna...
Drovers Invitational Golf Tourna...
Jun 2 – Jun 3 all-day
June 2-3:  14th Annual Ogallala Drovers Invitational Golf Tournament.   Call the Chamber of Commerce for more information: 308-284-4066.
9:00 am Big Mac Bowhunters Fun Shoot for...
Big Mac Bowhunters Fun Shoot for...
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Big Mac Bowhunters Fun Shoot for Young Archers
Fun Shoot for Young Archers Hosted by the Big Mac BowHunters Club June 3, 2018 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Burma Road Archery Range (across from Lake McConaughy Visitors Center) Games, prizes, and fun activities.[...]

Mansion on the Hill


An authentic Victorian style home, the Mansion on the Hill was Ogallala’s finest residence when it was completed in 1887. Today, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is a favorite with visitors to Ogallala.

The Mansion was built by L.A. Brandhoefer, and was made of red brick kilned at the local brick factory. The home was first occupied for any length of time by the H.L. McWilliams family.  Mr. McWilliams was a local banker, and his wife enjoyed entertaining from the beautiful home.

Located at the corner of West 10th and Spruce Street, the mansion has many unique features, including ten foot ceilings, sixteen inch thick solid brick walls, walnut shuttered windows, and solid brass hardware throughout. Other attractions include two beautifully hand carved cherry wood fireplaces, carved corner blocks and panel inserts on doors and window frames, and ornate curved staircase leading to the second floor.

Visitors may tour the authentic one room school house on the Mansion grounds. Built in 1902, the District #7 school house was originally located 5 miles south of Roscoe. The O’Brien/Lute home, an early 1900s homestead era dwelling, is also available for viewing.

Owned by the Keith County Historical Society, the Mansion, school house, and O’Brien/Lute home have been preserved and maintained as historical landmarks and visitor attractions.

The Mansion is open from the Friday before Memorial Day through the Sunday before Labor Day, Tuesday through Saturday 9:00-4:00, Sundays 11:00-4:00, and closed Mondays.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.