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Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge, which opened its bar one minute past midnight on the day that Prohibition was repealed in 1933.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
The Grainery (coffee, ice cream & eatery)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
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

Dec
1
Thu
5:30 pm Parade of Lights
Parade of Lights
Dec 1 @ 5:30 pm
Parade of Lights
The annual Parade of Lights will be held Thursday, Dec. 1 in downtown Ogallala. Parade step-off is at 5:30 p.m.  The Drovers will have a cider and hot chocolate stand.  Sponsored by the Keith County[...]
Dec
4
Sun
10:30 am Winter Wonderland at the Ogallal...
Winter Wonderland at the Ogallal...
Dec 4 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
The public is invited to the Ogallala Fire and Rescue Auxiliary  Winter Wonderland Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the firehall. Homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts will be available. Santa will[...]
Dec
10
Sat
9:00 am Polar Express Bus Tour Ticket Sales
Polar Express Bus Tour Ticket Sales
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Polar Express Bus Tour Ticket Sales
The Ogallala Optimist Club will sponsor the Polar Express Bus Tour on December 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2022. TICKET SALES: December 10th from 9:00 am – noon (or earlier if sold out) at the Spruce[...]