Calendar of Events

Dec
28
Sat
8:00 am Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
Dec 28 2019 @ 8:00 am – Mar 1 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Eagle Viewing at Lake Ogallala
The heated eagle viewing facility below Kingsley Dam at Lake Ogallala will be open weekends Dec. 28 through March 1, 8:00 am to 2 pm. Facility provided by the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation[...]
Jan
16
Thu
3:00 pm NE Game & Parks Open House
NE Game & Parks Open House
Jan 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The NE Game & Parks Commission will hold a public open house on proposed changes to camping regulations at Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala on Thursday, January 16 from 3 to 6pm at the Lake[...]
Jan
18
Sat
9:00 am Ogallala Gun Show
Ogallala Gun Show
Jan 18 @ 9:00 am – Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm
The annual Ogallala Gun Show will be held Jan. 18-19, 2020 at the Keith County Fairgrounds. Saturday: 9 to 5 Sunday: 10 to 4 Contact Skip Fricke for more information: (402) 276-1391 Admission: $5.00 or[...]

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Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge, which opened its bar one minute past midnight on the day that Prohibition was repealed in 1933.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 the Thunder in the Valley Bull Riding Classic.

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
Anne Marie's (coffee & pastries)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
Antiques & GiftsNumber
Anne Marie's308-239-4400
BankNumber
Pony Express Community Bank308-239-4441
Grocery StoreNumber
Hehnke’s Foods308-239-4215
RealtorNumber
Schow Realty308-239-4297