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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Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge, which opened its bar one minute past midnight on the day that Prohibition was repealed in 1933.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 a variety of activities for the whole family.

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.

Paxton Businesses

Paxton Hotel: I-80 Exit LocationNumber
The Lodge/Days Inn1-80 Exit 145
at Paxton
308-239-4510
RestaurantsNumber
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
GiftsNumber
Anne Marie's 308-239-4400
Lilly's Lilies (Greenhouse - Open Seasonally308-530-2148
The Mane Design308-239-4331
Meats & More Country Store 308-289-4262
BankNumber
Pony Express Community Bank308-239-4441
Grocery StoreNumber
Hehnke’s Foods308-239-4215
RealtorNumber
Schow Realty308-239-4297

 

Calendar of Events

Jul
19
Fri
6:00 pm Sounds on the Square Summer Conc...
Sounds on the Square Summer Conc...
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 6 @ 9:00 pm
Mark your calendars for a great summer of FREE LIVE MUSIC at Rendezvous Square in Ogallala. Bring a lawn chair and your friends for these free Friday night concerts from 6 to 9 p.m: May[...]
Jul
20
Sat
8:00 pm Live Music at Admiral’s Cove – P...
Live Music at Admiral’s Cove – P...
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm
The Platinum Pearls will be performing hits from all genres & decades at Admiral’s Cove on Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 pm.  $5 cover.
Jul
22
Mon
3:30 pm Writing Workshop at the Library ...
Writing Workshop at the Library ...
Jul 22 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The public is invited to a free Humanities Nebraska program Monday, July 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the Kathleen Lute Public Library in Ogallala. Twyla M. Hansen will present a writing workshop: Playing Around With[...]