Calendar of Events

all-day Ogallala Indian Summer Rendezvous
Ogallala Indian Summer Rendezvous
Sep 20 – Sep 22 all-day
Join the fun at Ogallala’s annual fall celebration at Rendezvous Square September 20-22! Thursday Annual Beef Chili Cook-Off 11:00 a.m-1:00 p.m Rendezvous Parade – 2:30 p.m./Pep Rally – 3:00 p.m. Theme: “Cheers to 150 Years”[...]
8:00 am Friends of the Library Book Sale
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm
The Friends of the Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale at the Spruce Street Station in downtown Ogallala. (Corner of N. Spruce and W. 3rd) Free Admission Friday, Sept. 21 from 8 to[...]
6:00 pm Gospel Night at the Arthur Baled...
Gospel Night at the Arthur Baled...
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm
Gospel Night at the Arthur Baled Hay Church
The Arthur Baptist Church will host a gospel singalong night Saturday, Sept. 22nd at 6pm at the historic Baled Hay Church. The public is welcome to attend.  Located 2 blocks east and 1 block north of[...]
9:30 am “Escape of the Northern Cheyenne...
“Escape of the Northern Cheyenne...
Oct 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Join the Nebraska State Historical Society, Friends and Organizations of History and The Keith County Historical Society for the Dedication Ceremony for the “Escape of the Northern Cheyenne” Marker located on 4 miles East of[...]

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.