Jefferson County Is Rich in Historic Lore
Located in the "Little Blue Valley," friendly Jefferson County is rich in historic lore, the route of the Oregon Trail having passed across the county, and in some places the ruts left by the wagons of the "49'ers" can still be seen. Historic spots along the trail include the famous Rock Creek Station where "Wild Bill" Hickok killed David McCanles: the grave of George Winslow, the only grave along the entire trail marked with a stone; the burial place of many Mormons who died while camped along the trail (the Big Sandy crossing on the trail was the scene of many deaths). Jefferson County was the scene of possibly the largest battle ever fought between Indians. Ten thousand Sioux and Cheyennes battling 10,000 eastern Indians in 1832, was near where the Big Sandy Creek joins the Little Blue River. One of the last large battles between the Pawnee and Sioux was fought in this county in 1862.
Jefferson County Courthouse
The Jefferson County Courthouse is located in the middle of downtown Fairbury. Surrounding it are the original brick streets and quaint downtown with detailed building facades. It was built in 1891 of hand-cut limestone and features ceramic-fronted fireplaces in some offices and unique antique furniture in the courtroom. Leading up to the clock tower stand three statues of justice. Completing the courthouse is a valuable antique with the clock, "Little Ben" as it is sometimes called.
Welcome to Jefferson County
Whether you are looking for a great antique find, exploring the area's history or settling in for a quiet weekend of camping, look to Jefferson County to satisfy all of your getaway adventures. Enjoy our many state and county recreation parks and campgrounds. Jefferson County offers boating, fishing, golfing, disc golf, hiking, searching for artifacts, hunting during quail, pheasant, turkey and deer season, or just relaxing.
Want to relive history?
For event dates, contact the Fairbury Chamber and Visitor Center (402) 729-3000 or www.visitoregontrail.org
Visit McDowell's Mausoleum and the Fairbury City Museum. Enjoy a walk on the Little Blue River Trail that crosses the old Rock Island Bridge and past the old dam to Flathead Wildlife Area or search the sand bars along the river and creeks for historical treasures.
What to see in Jefferson County
Looking for excitement?
Is your stomach growling? Need to wet your whistle or just wanting to kick back? Make sure to stop and enjoy the atmosphere of our homegrown restaurants, watering holes and grills with their knowledgeable, colorful and crazy characters. Choose a classic drive-thru and enjoy your meal inside or make it a picnic at one of our many parks. Our restaurants offer hometown favorites whether it be American, Asian or Mexican. Even the sports enthusiast can have a great time, where can you find mounds of made from scratch crunchy onion rings, battered chicken that grandma would be proud to serve, "Ginormous" burgers, locally breaded mountain oysters (you've got to try them), "Elephant Ear" steak, awesome sandwiches, enchiladas with an attitude, must-have prime rib, locally made hotdogs and wings ... naked or sauced ... are just a few things to try at our watering holes and grills. Yes, it's going to be hard deciding what to eat.
Local Towns Tell Many Tales (past ... present ... future)
A cluster of nine small, rural communities provide the nucleus for the best in small-town living. For 7,874 current residents and thousands before them, Jefferson County is home . . . a place to raise a family, make friends, work, live and play. Learn what so many others have discovered: Jefferson County is not only a great place to visit, but a place to call home. The communities of Daykin, Diller, Endicott, Fairbury, Gladstone, Harbine, Jansen, Plymouth and Reynolds hold many treasures. They all have something for everyone, with historic buildings with detailed facades dating from the turn of the century, and rugged terrain reaching out to tell a tale of lore.
For more information contact:
FAIRBURY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITOR CENTER
518 E ST. PO BOX 274 FAIRBURY, NE 68352