ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS

History Books

Two books are available containing the history of Keya Paha County. 

Recounts the history of Keya Paha County for its first 100 years 

Included are stories from of the Indians who lived here, vigilante days, the Depression era up until 1985 when the county celebrated its 100th birthday. Also included are history of all the settlements within the county as well as all the schools, churches, post offices and other organizations, a wealth of pictures and plat maps.  Also includes family histories of many of the families that have lived within the county.  Hard cover 530 + pages.

This book may be purchased for $80 plus $5 shipping by contacting:
Sandi McCoy
PO Box 368
Springview, NE  68778
402-497-3891

Keya Paha County, Nebraska 125 Years 1885-2010

Includes general history of the county for 125 years and includes new stories that do not appear in the first volume.  Also included are updates on the schools, churches and towns for the years between 1985 and 2010.  A military chapter pays tribute to the men and women from the county whom has served their country. A record of all the cemeteries in the county with names and dates of those buried is included.  Many more pictures and stories are featured.  Updated histories of some of the families from the first volume are included as well as more families that were not included in the first book.  Hard cover 560+ pages.

This book may be purchased for $65 plus $5 shipping by contacting:
Sandi McCoy
PO Box 368
Springview, NE  68778
402-497-3891

(All prices include sales tax)

Wind Turbines

Springview became home to the first wind farm in Nebraska in 1998.  Two 750 watt turbines were erected 1½ miles west of town. Due to changing technology and wear and tear the turbines were decommissioned and removed in 2007. 

Four years after the turbines were taken down, two new, direct-drive wind turbines now rise above the skyline west of the community at the Springview II Wind Facility.  The two turbine towers were manufactured by Katana Summit in Columbus, the first Nebraska-built towers used on a wind facility in the state.  The two 1.5 megawatt direct-drive wind turbines, a new technology in the design of utility-scale wind turbines.

Direct-drive wind turbines are significantly different than the wind turbines used at other wind farms in Nebraska. Direct-drive turbines do not use a gear box, which is a major component used to increase the rotation speed of the large rotor to several hundred revolutions per minute for the generator. For this new technology, electric inverters are used to synchronize the generator into the grid versus using gearboxes.

The two turbines are the Vensys 77 model with the rotor (includes the blades and hub) diameter being 252 feet with hub height at 213 feet. The blades and rotor weigh 38 metric tons, the tower structure 90 metric tons, and the generator 42 metric tons. A total of 300 yards of concrete was used in the pad mounts for each tower.  Rotor speed is 17.5 revolutions per minute, and the wind speed rated output for the turbines is 29 miles per hour.

Wind Turbine Day

In honor of the wind turbines, Springview hosts an annual celebration the last Saturday of July each year.  The Wind Turbine Day celebration includes a fun run/walk, turtle races, art activities, kiddie tractor pull, bicycle rodeo, water fights, greased pig contest, nickel scramble and a bounce house/games.  It is a family fun day!

Springview Golf Club

The Springview Golf Club, with its unique sand greens, is a public 9-hole course with clubhouse, lounge, and storehouse available. Golfers can enjoy weekly summer leagues with cookouts as well as six summer tournaments

Springview Recreation Area

The Springview Rec Area is a hub of activity throughout the summer months.  The rec area features picnic shelters, a playground, baseball diamond and basketball and tennis courts.  Six camper pads are available with electrical hookups and a waste dump.  A restroom/shower facility is open during the summer months for public use.  The area is a popular spot for family gatherings, church picnics etc. 

The rec area is bordered on the north by the local golf course.  The golf course has unique sand greens and offers league golf and steak fry on Wednesday evenings.

To the east is the “old airport” which is now an extended recreation area.  This area has a roping arena where local cowboys and cowgirls host roping competitions.  There is a pulling track and mud track for tractor/pickup pulls and mud runs.  Recently a mud volleyball pit was added and has proven to be a popular event for all ages.  To check on a scheduled mud volleyball event you can contact Scott or Tanya Hallock at 402-497-3632.

Veteran Monuments

The American Legion was instrumental in erecting a beautiful monument to soldiers who served in the World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Lebanon/Granada/Panama/Gulf eras. This monument was completed and dedicated in 2003.  A monument was already in place to honor veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish War and World War I.  Both monuments sit on the courthouse lawn in Springview. 

Keya Paha County Historical Society

The local museum is listed in the National Register of Historical Places and is filled with a large number of displays giving a true picture of past life in the county.  Exhibits include a one room school, quilting room, grocery store, reading room, tool room and a furnished log cabin.  There is a military room displaying pictures of soldiers who have served from Keya Paha county and a large display of the uniforms from all branches of the military. Other items in the museum include many clothing displays, the original printing press from the first county newspaper and the old safe that was broken into from the bank that was robbed years ago.  The museum may be viewed by appointment by calling any of the following:

Memorial Day Activities

Every year during the Memorial Day weekend Springview is host to a Fiddlers Jamboree.  This is held at the Springview Elementary school gym on Friday night.  Musicians from a wide area come to show off their musical talents and jam with other musicians.  This event is open to the public.

The annual Alumni banquet for Keya Paha County High is also held on Memorial Day weekend on Saturday evening at the High School gym.  Reservations may be made by contacting Cindy Libolt at 402-497-2244.

Cub Creek Recreation Area

Keya Paha County offers excellent hunting and fishing opportunities.  Cub Creek Recreation Area is an excellent fishing spot both summer and winter. There are also many private ponds that are available to fisherman with landowner permission. 

The Niobrara River and Keya Paha River valleys offer abundant numbers of white tail and mule deer as well as turkeys.  Several local outfitters offer guided hunts in the area.

Hunting Outfitters  
Saddle Ridge Outfitters – Rob & Stacey Painter           
www.saddleridgeoutfitters.com
402-497-4868
Nets Peak Outfitters – Mick & Becky McGee 
 www.netspeakoutfitters.com    
402-497-2169
White Oak Outfitters – Dave & Emily Beck                 
 www.whiteoakoutfitters.com
402-497-2165

 The scenic Niobrara River, designated as a National Scenic River, offers a diverse array of scenery with its steep canyon walls, waterfalls, dense timber and abundant wildlife.    Local outfitters provide campgrounds, souvenir shops, and canoe and tube rentals for thousands of tourist every summer. (www.visitnebraska.org)

Canoe Outfitters  
Rock Barn Outfitters – Fred & Dian Egelhoff
www.rockbarnoutfitters.com
402-376-1764

Rocky Ford Outfitters   - Kerry & Lisa Krueger
www.rockyfordoutfitters.com

402-497-3479
Sunny Brook Camp Outfitters, LLC
Roy, Steve & Gina Breuklander
www.sunnybrookcamp.com
402-376-1887