Brule

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Brule, Nebraska was named for the Brule’ tribe of Lakota (Sioux). 5,000 of the tribe camped in the Brule area in 1872.

A historical marker for California Hill, an important milestone on the Oregon/California Trail, can be seen about 4.5 miles west of Brule on Highway 30.

Between 1841 and 1861, nearly 400,000 westbound pioneers passed though the Keith County area on the Oregon and California Trails. The wagon trains crossed the South Platte river west of what is now Brule and climbed California Hill before heading northwest to Ash Hollow and the North Platte River, and continuing their difficult journey to the west coast. Trail ruts are still visible most of the way up California Hill, and also at Ash Hollow State Historical Park near Lewellen, Nebraska.

The village of Brule was established in 1886, when Major Isaac Barton and his wife, Elizabeth, purchased a quarter section of land they considered the “garden spot of the county.” Soon a lumberyard and store were built, and the Union Pacific Railroad made it possible for more farm families to come to the area.

Today, Brule is a friendly rural community of 309 residents, located on I-80, and Highway 30, Nebraska’s Lincoln Highway Scenic and Historic Byway. Annual celebrations include Brule Day, held in August with a parade, fun run, kids activities and street dance. The Brule Gun Show is held twice a year, and draws up to 1300 attendees.

Barton Park, Brule’s city park, offers rest room facilties, playground equipment and a covered picnic area.

The south side of Lake McConaughy at Van’s Lakeview is only 9 miles from Brule via the Sunnyslope Road.

Brule Businesses

CampingNumber
Riverside Trailer Park 308-287-2474
Eagle Canyon Hideaway (Eagle Canyon)308-287-2673
Van’s Lakeview Fishing Camp (Lakeview)308-284-4965
BankNumber
Adams Bank & Trust308-287-2344
Hardware/Household ItemsNumber
Wiest Hardware308-287-2350

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Calendar of Events

Jun
10
Sat
all-day Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye...
Terry McCormick Memorial Walleye...
Jun 10 all-day
Contact: Rose McCormick at 308-778-7216
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market
Ogallala Farmers Market
Jun 10 @ 8:00 am – Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm
The Ogallala Farmers Market is held Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Rendezvous Square.   This year’s season begins June 3, 2023. Markets generally continue through early October.
Jun
11
Sun
9:00 am Family Day 3D Shoot – Big Mac Ar...
Family Day 3D Shoot – Big Mac Ar...
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Big Mac Bowhunters will host a Family Day 3D Archery Shoot Sunday, June 11 at the Burma Road Archery Range, across the highway from the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center. People of all ages may[...]
Jun
15
Thu
all-day Pony Express Re-Ride Ogallala Ex...
Pony Express Re-Ride Ogallala Ex...
Jun 15 all-day
Tri-Trails Park in Ogallala serves as a location for one of the hundreds of mochila (mailbag) exchanges from horse to horse that take place along the Pony Express Trail between St. Joseph and Sacramento.   The[...]