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Vibe Free | 2022 visitor guide for Grand Island, Nebraska grand island Grand Island, Nebraska It's the little things that make life grand.


WOOD RIVER PLATTE RIVER UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD BNSF RAILROAD Railside Hike-Bike Trail Hike-Bike Trail Hike-Bike Trail CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT Hastings and I-80 Exit 312 Cairo Doniphan and I-80 Exit 314 H H Northwest H.S. Grand Island H.S. Central Catholic H.S. Heartland Lutheran H.S. College Park Central Community College CHI St. Francis Grand Island Regional 2ND ST 1ST ST HUSKER HWY HUSKER HWY AIRPORT RD BISMARK RD STOLLEY PARK RD OLD POTASH HWY WEBB RD CUSTER AVE BLAINE ST LOCUST ST STUHR RD SKY PARK RD BROADWELL AVE EDDY ST SCHIMMER DR ANNA ST NORTH RD WEBB RD SYCAMORE ST STATE ST 13TH ST CAPITAL AVE FAIDLEY AVE BLAINE ST ADAMS ST Hike-Bike Trail ALDA RD CAPITAL AVE SHADY BEND RD 4TH ST 314 312 305 Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center PLATTE RIVER LOCUST ST Townsley-Murdock Immigrant Trail Site (Alda & Guenther Roads) ALDA RD 3 miles Sleep Inn Comfort Inn Island Inn Ramada Super 8 Best Western GI Extended Stay Mainstay Rodeway Boarders Comfort Suites Fairfield Holiday Inn Candlewood Hampton Days Inn Travelodge Resident Suites Conoco Motel USA Inns Motel 6 Suburban Inn Quality Inn Days Inn 1 Eagle Scout Park Pier Park Suck’s Lake Ryder Park Stolley Park Lincoln Pool L.E. Ray Park Riverside Golf Hall County Park Mormon Island Veterans Athletic Complex Sorenson Fields Jackrabbit Run Golf Indianhead Golf Fonner View Golf Grand Island Police Department Island Oasis Water Park Fonner Park Stuhr Museum Raising Nebraska Heartland Events Center Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Lincoln Highway Historic Byway Husker Harvest Days site Heartland Public Shooting Park Law Enforcement Training Center 4TH ST 3RD ST 2ND ST 1ST ST SYCAMORE ST PINE ST EDDY ST LOCUST ST WALNUT ST SOUTH FRONT ST WHEELER ST OAK ST SYCAMORE ST PINE ST Railside Plaza Grand Island Library City Hall Courthouse The Grand Theatre Railroad Hotspot U.P.R.R. B.N.S.F. ? Visitor Center The streets in Railside were originally platted to parallel the railroad tracks. As the city grew, planners decided new roads would point true north. City lot parking is free. Relax Inn Welcome to Grand Island

6 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Welcome to Grand Island Prior to 1700, Native Americans The prairie that would become Grand Island had been populated by the Pawnee for around 700 years, living in communities of earth lodges. They cultivated 10 varieties of corn and hunted deer, hunting bison as well after Europeans introduced them to horses. Approximately 60,000 Pawnee lived throughout what would become the central United States in 1700, but disease brought from Europe soon decimated their numbers. They regularly had to defend their land from the Sioux and Cheyenne. Learn more at Stuhr Museum.  Grand Island, a city of 53,000 in central Nebraska, is home to the Spring Migration of the Sandhill Cranes and the Nebraska State Fair. Deeply rooted in agriculture, our city annually hosts national livestock events and the Husker Harvest Days farm show— the largest fully irrigated farm show in the world. We’re proud of our 200-acre living history museum, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, and Heartland Public Shooting Park, one of the finest facilities of its kind anywhere. Grand Island also offers unique shopping, dining, breweries, and the historic Railside district. city residents 53,000 county residents 63,000 1,841’ above sea level Summer Avg high 87°, low 64° Autumn Avg high 64°, low 39° Winter Avg high 32°, low 12° Spring Avg high 62°, low 38° Precip Avg 24.9 inches / yr Climate History of Grand Island Cover image: The Grand Theatre Since 1937, the Grand Theatre has been bringing the magic of the movies to the people of Central Nebraska. Over the past 85 years, this historic art deco movie house has seen its fair share of change. In 2004, the theater was donated to the community. Since then, volunteers have managed weekend shows, restored the interior and exterior, and established a foundation to run the theater. The largest restoration effort tackled the facade and much of the interior 10 years ago. In 2021, the theater added wider seats, wheelchair accessibility, and a new sound system.  Grand Theater 8 Showing quality movieS at reaSonable priceS every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:15 p.m. Admission Prices: $5 Adults • $4 children (12 & under) $4 seniOrs (Over 55) 316 W. 3rd Street • Downtown Grand Island 308.381.2667 •

FUR TRAP | 7 For current information about advertising and distribution, call The Grand Island Independent at 308-382-1000. 201 West 3rd Street Grand Island, NE 68801 | 308-382-4400 Visitor Center: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm Tourism Grand Island Attractions  16 Family Fun  20 Outdoors  22 Recreation  24 Events  30 Arts &Music  40 Wine & Brew  42 Dining  44 Lodging  48 1739: French-Canadian explorers Pierre and Paul Mallet travel from the Missouri River along the Platte River into Colorado. 1682: French explorer Robert LaSalle claims all lands that drain into the Mississippi River, which includes the prairies that will become Nebraska.

FUR TRAP 8 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Car Rentals Budget Rent-A-Car 3215NHwy 281, 308-381-7100  Enterprise Rent-A-Car 920 N Diers Ave, 308-381-6300  Hertz Airport, 308-384-4741  MSAS/A & A Leasing 703W2nd, 308-384-3073  Thrifty Car Rental Airport, 308-382-4392  Uber and Lyft Check apps for availability Transportation Action Cab & Courier 702W1st St, 308-381-1010 Arrow/Trailways Bus Lines 3231 Ramada Rd, 308-382-1810 Holiday Express Bus 2510 S North Rd, 308-384-1800 Navigator Airport Express 800-888-9793  Shuttle from Bosselman Travel Plaza to Omaha airport CRANE Public Transit 308-646-0069  Public shuttle service Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm. Airport (GRI) 3579 Sky Park Rd, 308-385-5170  Central Nebraska Regional Airport offers commercial service from a modern terminal. Afternooners, small café offering sandwiches, serves passengers. A newly constructed general aviation terminal serves general aviation. American Eagle: Daily nonstop jet service to Dallas/Ft Worth (DFW), 800-433-7300 Allegiant: Weekly nonstop flights to Las Vegas (LAS) and Phoenix-Mesa (AZA/IWA), 702-505-8888 1820: Explorer Stephen Long coins the term Great American Desert to describe land from the 100th meridian to the Rocky Mountains. 1803: The Louisiana Purchase includes the Platte River and the land that would become Grand Island. Transportation Great Platte Riv It’s nearly impossible to characterize a city by just one trait. Are we hard working? Yes. Are we an agricultural community? Yes. Do we have deep ties to the land, the prairies, and the river around us? Yes. However, if we had to choose one thing to characterize the history of Grand Island, it could be argued that transportation is that one thing. Before the city was here, fur trappers followed the river to the Rocky Mountains in the 1700s and early 1800s. Starting in the 1840s, the California and Mormon trails guided hundreds of thousands of people in wagon trains on the same route that would come to be known as the Great Platte River Road. In 1857, a group of settlers founded Grand Island City on the hopes that the railroad would come through. And it did. The Union Pacific arrived in 1866, and the transcontinental railroad was finished in 1869. Fast forward to the automobile in the early 1900s. City leaders laid down a seedling mile, hoping to attract the builders of the Lincoln Highway. Indeed, the Lincoln Highway — now Highway 30 — did come through Grand Island. And 50 years later, Interstate 80. So while we do have a good work ethic, are an agricultural city, and do identify closely with the land around us, the movement of people and goods has been vital to central Nebraska for hundreds of years. v

PPERS | 9 Stop by our visitor center, in the historic Railside district, on the southwest corner of Third and Locust streets. Our office will provide you with information for destinations across Nebraska and can assist you in planning your next vacation or Grand Island event. Grand Island Tourism’s mission is to define our city as a destination and grow its tourism economy through meetings, events, sports, advertising, and promotional efforts. Our office manages a website, provides maps, and produces the Grand Island Vibe magazine in partnership with the Grand Island Independent newspaper. We also offer meeting and convention services helping planners with details related to their events. 201 West 3rd Street Grand Island, NE 68801 | 308-382-4400 Visitor Center: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm La Grand Isle (Grand Island) Coined by French fur trappers in the late 1700s or early 1800s, La Grand Isle was a large island on the Platte River in central Nebraska. Traveling between Missouri and the Rocky Mountains the island was a landmark along what would become the Great Platte River Road. Accounts estimated the island was 40 to 72 miles long. It disappeared when the river was dammed to prevent flooding, but other large islands remain. Learn more about the river at the Crane Trust.  1833: The Pawnee cede their land south of the Platte River to the United States government. Visitor Center iver Road

10 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe People’s memories of places they go and events they attend are made by the smaller moments within the whole. The joy of watching your child or grandchild on a ride at the state fair midway. Learning about your heritage with parents or grandparents at Stuhr Museum. Dancing with your significant other at a Hear Grand Island concert in Railside. These are the kinds of memories that are bound up into the book of a Grand Life, memories made at events and places visitors to Grand Island can experience. It's the little things Plan your little trip to make big memories. | 11 Hornady BULLETS • AMMUNITION • RELOADING • SECURITY 800-338-3220 | HORNADY.COM Hornady has proudly called Grand Island, Nebraska home since its humble start in 1949. From a small garage on fourth street to its current production location, Hornady has grown with the community because of the hard work of Central Nebraskans. PROUDLY MADE IN G and Island BEST PLACE TO WORK IN GRAND ISLAND!

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14 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe GI Reg'l Medical Center 2 Amur 2 y Your community is our community too! Local decision making means patient care comes first – always! Our dedicated providers are committed to delivering the highest quality healthcare to Grand Island and the surrounding communities. 3533 Prairieview Street • Grand Island, NE • (308) 675-5000 Compassionate ER Care When you need us, we’re there for you and your family 304 W. 3rd St., | Grand Island, NE 68801 | 800.994.0016 We’re Big on Small Amur is now the largest and the fastest-growing independent equipment finance provider serving small businesses in today’s most economically-essential equipment-intensive industries! We are proud to be headquartered and serve our Grand Island community for over 25 years. Join the Amur family, check out our Careers page! | 15 CHI Health - 2 Airport 2 fromBusiness Travel to VacationGetaways CENTRAL NEBRASKA REGIONAL AIRPORT Simplify. Fly GI. Las Vegas | Phoenix - Mesa Dallas - Ft.Worth & Beyond Join us for the World’s Largest Totally Irrigated Working Farm Show September 13 – 15, 2022 Grand Island, NE Platinum Sponsors: Learn more at

WAGO 16 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer 3133WHighway 34, 308-385-5316  Every museum tells a story, but Stuhr Museum puts you in the story. The Washington Post proclaimed Stuhr Museum one of America’s top 12 living history museums. Good Housekeeping magazine ranks Stuhr Museum as one of the top 10 places to relive America’s past. The 200-acre campus boasts a main building designed by distinguished architect Edward Durell Stone, a recreated railroad town with operating homes and businesses, and displays of artifacts related to prairie life, Native Americans, and early farm equipment. Other exhibits include an arboretum, Pawnee Indian earth lodge, a historic church, and pioneer farmstead. Attractions 1842: ExplorerJohn C. Fremont estimates La Grand Isle at 52 miles long, with an average width of 1 3/4 miles. 1840-1870, wagon trains Economic depression in the eastern United States, religious persecution, and the promise of riches from gold in the west pushed people along the California and Mormon trails. More than 250,000 people traveled the California Trail, and 70,000 went west along the Mormon Trail. Both followed the Great Platte River Road along the Platte River, creating a stream of wagon trains through the prairie that would become Grand Island. Learn more about wagon trains at Stuhr Museum.  Hi, I'm A.J., and this is Stuhr Museum! Stuhr Museum’s Railroad Town is a recreation of life on the prairie in the 1890s. Nothing beats a frozen pickle juice from the Silver Dollar — one of my favorite places in Railroad town — on a hot summer day. I may hold the record for most consumed frozen pickle juices in one day. The Railroad Town gazebo is where I had cherry pie up my nose at the pie eating contest during Stuhr’s annual Independence Day celebration. Stuhr Museum’s Road Ranch is where I have grown up with my family interpreting what pioneer life was like in the early 1860s, our home away from home. As a Living History Appentice, I help people have a better understanding of history through summer camps and fun special events. Come see me at Stuhr Museum this summer! Celebrate holidays with Stuhr Museum. Annual festivities in the museum’s 1890s Railroad Town invite visitors to participate in historic celebrations for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas. Classes are available for children and adults. Adults can learn traditional skills such as blacksmithing and hat making. Children’s classes teach history, culture, and survival skills during the summer.

ON TRAIN | 17 1854: The Nebraska Territory is established, extending northwest from Kansas all the way to the Canadian border. Raising Nebraska experience 501 E Fonner Park Rd, 308-385-3967  Raising Nebraska, open year round, is an agricultural display detailing how our food goes from farm to fork. Its museumquality, interactive displays include a walkable map, a touchscreen dining table, a full-size center pivot section, and an adjacent 1-acre educational garden. Agriculture for many people is food production, but Raising Nebraska goes beyond that to look at the soil and water resources that positioned Nebraska to feed the world. Exhibits at Raising Nebraska also include a look at materials made from products grown in Nebraska, such as wheat drumsticks and soy couch cushions. The full presentation kitchen hosts cooking demonstrations and the stage features workshops and lectures. Heartland Public Shooting Park 6788WHusker Hwy, 308-385-5048  The 420-acre Heartland Public Shooting Park is unmatched for 1,000 miles in any direction. It boasts an incredibly wide range of disciplines available to shooters including lighted skeet ranges, lighted trap ranges, a 10-station sporting clay range, archery ranges, and complete rifle and pistol ranges from 25 to 600 yards. An Olympic bunker trap range was added in 2018. The park plays host to regional and national events every year. Other facilities include a clubhouse and full-service RV park with eight paved pads. Heartland Public Shooting Park is ready for recreational shooters as well as large national events. Lincoln Highway Historic Byway US Hwy 30  Lincoln Highway landmarks in the area include the one-of-a-kind Seedling Mile, Shady Bend Cafe, Kensinger’s Service Station, the first FCC monitoring station, and the Gloe Brothers Service Station in Wood River. Loup Rivers Scenic Byway NE Hwys 91, 11  Rolling farmland surrounds the scenic Loup River Basin, giving way to the Sandhills as you travel west. This byway is home to the 300+ mile Nebraska Junk Jaunt, outdoor activities at multiple reservoirs, and the Happy Jack Chalk Mine. Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Nebraska Hwy 2  This national scenic byway rolls 272 miles through the Nebraska Sandhills, the largest area of grasscovered sand dunes in the Western hemisphere. The World Wildlife Fund compares the importance of the Sandhills to places like the Amazon rainforest.

WAGO 18 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe 1857, Grand Island City Grand Island City is founded by 36 mostly German settlers from Iowa. The city is a business venture, speculating the railroad would come through within a few years. They start the community by building cabins out of the few available trees on the prairie. The bank supporting the venture is bankrupted by a financial crisis later that year, but most of the original settlers decide to stay anyway. The photo here is of an 1862 structure that served as a saloon and dance hall. Learn more from the historical society.  1857: The Pawnee cede their remaining land to the United States government. Fonner Park 700 E Stolley Park Rd, 308-382-4515   Fonner Park’s 200-acre campus is home to some of Nebraska’s largest and oldest events. Thoroughbred horse races anchor the campus. The races fill the grandstands from mid-February to mid-May and are often accompanied by live music or events in the neighboring Heartland Events Center. Heartland Events Center is home to concerts, rodeo, monster trucks, a wide variety of sporting events, and trade shows — including PRCA action at Rodeo Grand Island. Fonner Park is also home livestock events such as the Hall County Fair, Nebraska State Fair, and Aksarben Livestock Show. Many other national livestock shows are held in the modern ag facilities throughout the year featuring cattle, goats, and more. Horse shows also use the barns. The Grand Island Casino Resort will be built soon at Fonner Park to provide visitors to Grand Island with gaming options including slots, table games, and a sports book. Casino gaming is expected to be underway around winter of 2022 (pending final state legislation), with construction of the resort hotel commencing shortly after that. Hi, I’m Chris. and this is Fonner Park! I’ve grown up here at Fonner Park. My dad left me in the parking lot to learn how to drive. A standard transmission. By myself. I dated a few girls that showed horses here at Fonner Park. And I watched the thoroughbreds thunder around the track along the railing from on top of my dad’s shoulders. I’d eat nachos, and we inevitably saw people we knew from around town. It was always a thrill to get a fifty-cent piece when our horses won. I have a lot of good memories here. Come and make some of your own!

ON TRAIN | 19 1860: Settlers sell corn to Fort Kearny for $2/bushel. The market is strong thanks to the gold rush. 1858: A post office is established in Grand Island City. Fred’s Flying Circus Feel free to gawk at this garden of fantastic, flying cartoon cars. See them at 503 East Fourth Street. Railroad Hot Spot The best train viewing locations are in Grand Island’s Railside and the pedestrian bridge in Wood River. Townsley-MurdockWagon Trail Site See some of the only remaining Mormon Trail wagon ruts or swales on this 2-acre prairie at Alda and Guenther roads.

TRAIN 20 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Parks & Pools Eagle Scout Park, lake, & splash pad 3050 N Broadwell St, 308-389-0290  Walking trail, fishing, a playground, and a splash pad. Hall County Park 3138W Schimmer Dr, 308-385-5087 Wooded with trails and camping April through September. Island Oasis Water Park 321 E Fonner Park Rd, 308-385-5444  Wave pool, lazy river, speed slides, and four 150-foot slides. L.E. Ray Park & Lake 3315 S Blaine, 308-389-0290  A disc golf course, fishing, and a dog park. Lincoln Pool 1018 E 7th St • 308-385-5444  Pier Park & Skate Park 500 S Oak St, 308-389-0290  Wading pool, fishing and a 14,000-square-foot skate park. Stolley Park & Kids Kingdom 2103W Stolley Park Rd • 308-389-0290  Disc golf, wading pool, horseshoes, and a miniature rail line. Wood River Aquatic Center 11937WHolling Rd (Wood River), 308-583-2066  YMCA pool 221 E South Front St • 308-395-9622  Family Fun Edgerton Explorit Center 208 16th St (Aurora), 402-694-4032  Offers children hands-on opportunities for scientific discovery and exploration. Grand Island Public Library 1124W2nd St, 308-385-5333  So much more than books, including a children's discovery center and makerspace. Imagination City 3404W13th St, 308-385-8377  Set up to help kids explore career choices while also learning adult responsibilities. Level Up Arcade Bar 115W3rd St, 402-870-4527 Level up with classic arcade games, foosball, pool, air hockey, and more. Pete’s Safari 2070 S Engleman Rd, 308-833-0735 Forty different species of mammals, birds, and reptiles fill this little zoo, including seven endangered species. Seasonal hours. Spring City Trampoline Park 2300 NWebb Rd, 308-675-2864  A great way for kids to burn off steam with dodgeball, a ninja course, climbing wall, and of course trampolines. Pumpkin Patches Helgoth’s Pumpkin Patch 121 Eagle Rd (St Libory), 308-379-4275  The Scarecrow Patch 568 Denton Rd (St Libory), 308-687-6254 • 1862, free land The Homestead Act is passed, offering free land to people willing to stay on it for five years. Land further east is the first to be claimed, thus most homesteaders in central Nebraska don’t arrive until years later when railroads arrive and made getting here easier. Most homesteaders are poor, many coming from Europe where they would never have been able to own their own land. Only 50% of homesteaders actually stay and earn their title in the face of extreme weather, illness, and hoards of locusts.  1860: The war department claims La Grand Isle and pushes settlers off the island. Spring City 8 y • (308) 675-2864 Purchase One Hour Wristband, Get Two Hours $20 off Birthday Table or Room 2300 n. webb rd, suite #102, Grand Island 2300 n. webb rd, suite #102, Grand Island Not valid with any other offer. Valid at participating Locations. 1 Use Per Person Per Group Only. offer expires 05-01-23. Not valid with any other offer. Valid at participating Locations. 1 Use Per Person Per Group Only. offer expires 05-01-23.

WAGON T | 21 1866: Union Pacific Railroad plats a new Grand Island a fewmiles west of the original settlement. Stolley Park A full service park including a miniature train, one-of-a-kind playground, pickleball, disc golf. Splash pad coming in 2023. Island Oasis Water Park Cool off with the wave pool, lazy river, and big slides at Island Oasis, often referred to as the best waterpark between Omaha and Denver. Pete’s Safari Get up close and personal with critters of all kinds. Camels and emus, kangaroos and capuchins, meet them here!

TRAIN 22 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Outdoors Nature &Wildlife Bader Park 898 Bader Park Rd (Chapman), 308-986-2522  A 270-acre park open year round with hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. It includes Platte River and Wood River access, wetlands, a cottonwood forest, and a tall grass prairie all with abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. Tent and RV camping are available. Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center 9325 S Alda Rd, 308-382-1820  Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, an organization dedicated to the conservation of whooping crane habitat, is your gateway to Nebraska’s Platte River and your headquarters for the Spring Migration of the Sandhill Cranes. Relax in the art gallery, hike, or check out one of the trust’s guided excursions. Explore the butterfly garden during the summer months. A genetically pure herd of bison roams its prairies. Derr House Prairie 13650 S Platte River Dr (Wood River), 402-694-4191  The Nature Conservancy’s Derr House has public trails through restored prairies. They host prairie days that offer talks and tours. Gjerloff Prairie & Sherman Ranch Platte River Valley • 402-694-5535  Gjerloff Prairie’s 390 acres offer trails on open prairie, gulleys, steep cliffs, and a half mile of riverfront. An education center is being constructed on the property as well. The nearby 650-acre Sherman Ranch also offers marked trails and riverfront access. Outdoor Learning Center 501 E Fonner Park Rd, 308-382-4400 The Groundwater Guardian’s learning center on the east side of the Nebraska Building at Fonner Park educates the public about water quantity and quality, groundwater stewardship, natural filtration techniques, efficient water use, and the Ogallala Aquifer. Campgrounds Bader Memorial Park 898 Bader Park Rd (Chapman), 308-986-2522 24 Yes Yes Cheyenne State Recreation Area I-80 Exit 300 na na na Firefly Meadows I-80 Exit 300, Wood River, 308-380-7495 29 Yes Yes Grand Island KOA I-80 Exit 318, 800-562-0850 62 Yes Yes Hall County Park 3138W Schimmer Dr, 308-385-5087 19 Yes Yes Heartland Public Shooting Park 6788WHusker Hwy, 308-385-5048 8 Yes Yes Mormon Island SRA I-80 and Hwy 281, 402-471-1414 / 308-385-6211 73 Yes Yes Pads Water Electric Mormon Island State Rec Area I-80 Exit 312, 308-385-6211 (state park permit required) Mormon Island is a state recreation area just off of Interstate 80, allowing easy access to modern camping facilities. Recreational opportunities include swimming, no-wake boating, picnic shelters, and fishing. The lakes offer numerous game fish including crappie, largemouth bass, and muskie. The Platte River borders the north edge of the park, allowing for kayaking. Regional Trails Bader Park trails 898 Bader Park Rd (Chapman)  Crane Trust trails 9325 S Alda Rd  Dark Island Trail 28th St (Central City)  Derr Prairie trails 13650 S Platte River Dr (Wood River)  Grand Island Park & Rec trails City of Grand Island  Gjerloff Prairie trails Platte River Valley  1867 State Central Flour Mill is established by Henry Koenig. A year later, it’s sold to Henry Glade. Glade Mills incorporated with other mills around Nebraska to become Nebraska Consolidated Mills before eventually being sold to Con Agra in Omaha, and thus began Grand Island’s strong and continuing tie to agricultural industry. Even today, manufacturers in the city create combines, build grain bins, and produce animal vaccines, among other things. You can visit a replica of the original Glade Mill at Stuhr Museum. 

WAGON T | 23 1869: An office for homesteaders is opened in Grand Island. 1870: Grand Island’s population crests 1,000 residents. Platte River Crane Trust, Mormon Island, Gjerloff Prairie, and Sherman Ranch all offer public access to the Platte River. Hike through restored prairie Conservation efforts have restored prairies open to the public at Bader Park, Crane Trust, Gjerloff Prairie, and Sherman Ranch. Take ’em fishing Mormon Island and L.E. Ray offer great fishing in Grand Island. Other regional lakes and reservoirs offer even more.

RAILR 24 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Recreation Golf Courses Centura Hills Golf Club 312 Centura Hills Dr (Cairo), 308-485-4650  Eighteen-hole course with putting green, driving range, carts, snack bar. Fonner View 2224 S Stuhr Rd, 308-382-0202  A 9-hole golf course with driving range, carts, snack bar. Indianhead Golf Club 4100 Husker Hwy, 308-381-4653  Eighteen holes plus pro shop, putting green, driving range, carts, snack bar. Jackrabbit Run Golf Course 2800 N Shady Bend Rd, 308-385-5340  Eighteen-hole course with putting green, driving range, carts, snack bar. Riverside Golf Club 2820 Riverside Dr, 308-382-7298  Eighteen-hole country club. 1869, the golden spike The Transcontinental Railroad is completed, and Grand Island is right in the middle of it. The wagon trains that have plodded by along the Great Platte River Road for the past 30 years are largely replaced by the iron horse and rail travel going forward. Grand Island will boom over the next few decades as a result, adding population, industry, and culture as people ride the rails from coast to coast. Learn more about railroad towns at Stuhr Museum.  1871: The first baseball game is played in Grand Island, The Platte Valley vs. The Dirty Stockings. Sports Facilities Grand Island Fieldhouse 525 E Fonner Park Rd, 308-384-1999  Heartland Public Shooting Park 6788WHusker Hwy (Alda), 308-385-5048  Veterans Athletic Complex 2820 N Broadwell, 308-385-5444  Third City Archers Indoor Range, 317 N Elm; Outdoor Range, 3917W Schimmer Dr  Grand Island Tennis Center 2204 Bellwood Dr, 308-675-1616  YMCA 221 E South Front St, 308-395-9622  Bowling Cairo Bowl 324 S High St (Cairo), 308-485-4111  Westside Bowling Lanes 112 Kaufmann Ave, 308-381-0300  New pickleball courts around town The number of people playing pickleball has really picked up in the past five years. Grand Island Parks and Recreation has responded, converting tennis courts at Stolley Park and adding a new facility with eight lighted courts with shade structures at the Veterans Athletic Complex. The Grand Island Tennis Center offers indoor pickleball courts for days when weather won’t cooperate. 

ROADING | 25 1871: The Burlington Railroad also arrives in Grand Island. 1871: The first bridge across the Platte River is completed. Softball tournament destination Veterans Athletic Complex features 10 lighted softball fields alongside 12 acres of soccer fields. Archery inside, archery outside String your bows. Third City Archers offers indoor and outdoor ranges, and the shooting park is target ready too. Hit the links Take a leisurely stroll through one of our city’s golf course — with your clubs and as many balls as you think you need.


May 15 May 13-14 May 10 May 7 May 6-7 May 6 2022 UPCOMING EVENTS June 16-24 June 10-18 June 9-11 June 2-4 May 28-29 May 20-21 May 20-22 Aug 26-Sept 5 July 23 July 22 July 20-24 July 9-13 June 26-July 1 June 22 Dec 16-17 Dec 16-17 Nov 12 Nov 8 Oct 29-30 October 22 Sept. 22-25 March 3-4 Feb 24-25 Feb 16-18 February 11 Feb 4-5 Jan 20-22 2023 UPCOMING EVENTS May 5 April 13-15 March 18-19 NE Volunteer Fire School GI Senior High Graduation Fonner Park Live Horse Racing Hall County Election Polling Site Spring Dazzle Craft and Vendor Show Fonner Park Live Horse Racing (KentuckyDerby) Central Community College Graduation ZZ Top Concert Am. International Charolais Assn Jr Natl Am. Boer Goat National Show Appaloosa Horse Show NE Truck Driving Championships NE Horse Clubs Icebreaker Horse Show Fonner Park Live Horse Racing Aksarben Livestock Show Nebraska State Fair Nancy Wilson Heart w/ Snake Oil Roots & Boots Concert Hall County Fair NE State 4-H Horse Show National 4-H Shooting Invitational Central Nebraska Home Show Flatwater Fracas Wrestling Tournament AGR Prospect Show Holiday Toast Hall County Election Polling Site GI Riee Club Gun Show Imagination Bacon Nebraska SkillsUSA USA Wrestling UNL Block & Bridle Prospect Show Rodeo GI NE Cheer and Dance Competition Heartland Hoops Classic NE Muzzleloaders’ Gun Show Central Community College Graduation Grand Island ’s Entertainment Headquarters

ADING 28 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Shopping boutiques antiques 1887 The Hedde building is constructed, home of the Grand Island Tourism visitor center (Visit us at 201West 3rd Street.). The city of Grand Island is growing by leaps and bounds, now approaching 7,500 residents – up from 1,000 in 1870. By 1880, the Union Pacific Railroad had built a roundhouse and shops in its Grand Island yard. Eleven hotels offered rooms to visitors, and in the next five years two more much larger and opulent hotels would open to serve traveling businessmen and host conventions.  1876 & 1878: Noted social reformers Edith and Grace Abbott are born in Grand Island. Some people approach shopping like a task, while others love the thrill of the hunt. Finding something new and different, getting a great bargain, or meeting a need are all reasons to shop Grand Island. We have a great mix of independent businesses and larger chain stores. Retail shopping is concentrated in Railside, Grand Island’s historic downtown district, and Merchandise Mile along Highway 281. In the Railside district, independent businesses offering everything from fashion and art to gaming and furniture, plus stores to feed your other interests and needs. In one leisurely walk through Railside you can find it all and have time for a cup of coffee or a great meal. A short drive away is the hub of larger chain stores, interspersed with independent businesses. In this retail district, you can find sporting goods, items to equip and decorate your home, clothing, toys, and much more. Visitors and locals alike can find a variety of items to take home and great places to eat while taking a break from their shopping. WesternWear Grand Island is a staunchly agricultural community. Surrounded by fertile farmland and ripe with ag-related industry, it’s no surprise there are some great western shops in the city. Along Merchandise Mile, Western Edge is a large retail roundup of the latest styles. Fourth Street’s Old Town Boot Barn will sell you new kicks or repair your favorite pair. | 29 Rodeo Grand Island FEBRUARY 24 FEBRUARY 25 PRCA XTREME BULLS 2 WORLD CLASS PRCA RODEOs and ticket information scan the qr code for more show

RAILR 30 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Monster Trucks January, Fonner Park  A sure cure for the mid-winter blues, don’t miss this annual car-crushing festival in the Heartland Events Center. Thoroughbred Horse Racing February-May, Fonner Park  Nebraska's springtime tradition! As Nebraska’s premier horse racing track, Fonner Park features live thoroughbred horse races FridaySunday — from February into early May —with keno and year-round nationwide simulcasting. Casino gaming is expected to be underway at Fonner Park in late 2022. Annual Events Grand Island is home to big events throughout the year, events you can plan your trip to our city around. The following pages give you an idea of the large events our area has to offer. If you're looking for a smaller something to fill time this weekend, we have those too. Find the calendar at for a current list of things to do. Sandhill Cranes’ Spring Migration Feburary-April, 308-382-1820  Each spring, 1,000,000 sandhill cranes converge on the Platte River in central Nebraska as they migrate north to their nesting grounds. Recently, the Crane Trust documented that a Platte River sandbar on their Hall County, Nebraska, property serves as the largest crane roost in the world during the sandhill cranes’ spring migration. Sandhill cranes use the same part of the river to roost on year after year during their mid-migration stop on the Platte River. The peak of the gathering occurs during the middle of March. Toward the end of the month, you might also catch a glimpse of endangered whooping cranes or take the opportunity to venture into the Nebraska Sandhills to watch the colorful mating rituals of the prairie chickens. This one-of-a-kind experience draws visitors — including avid birders, scientists, photographers, and casual tourists — from across the country and around the world. 1904 Designed by architect Thomas Kimball, the second Hall County Courthouse is completed, one of the few Beaux-Arts buildings in Nebraska. The first courthouse building is razed, creating what is now Pioneer Park. Kimball’s building is still in use as the courthouse today. 1907: The Lyric Theater opens as Grand Island’s first movie house. Crane Trust 4 Cr Trust Nature & Visitor Center Explore the Platte River: • Crane Migration Tours • Bison Excursions • Hiking Trails • Hornady Art Gallery • Crimson Crown Gift Shop 9325 S Alda Road I-80 • Exit 305

ROADING 1,000,000 sandhill cranes | 31 1912: American Crystal Sugar offers farmers $5.50 a ton for their sugar beets. 1911: An open house is held for the new Burlington Northern Railroad Depot on Plum Street. Rodeo Grand Island March, Fonner Park  This annual PRCA event features bull riding, broncs, barrel racing, and more in the Heartland Events Center. Live thoroughbred horse racing runs in the adjacent Fonner Park grandstands to complete this competitive weekend. Heartland Hoops Classic February, Fonner Park  Heartland Hoops Classic is great basketball, pitting some of the best Nebraska talent against each other before culminating in a showdown between one of the state’s best teams and a national powerhouse. Tri City Street Rods March, Fonner Park  Make it a weekend at Fonner Park in the spring with hot rods and horse races. Grand Comic Fest March, Fonner Park  This family-friendly event is the only full-fledged comic con in Nebraska. Meet popular illustrators of well-known comics as you wind through the booths, engage in a conversation with R2-D2, and catch a free movie at the 1930s art-deco Grand Theatre. AKC Dog Show March, Fonner Park  Enjoy this annual celebration of perfect pooches on parade in the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center. Fourth Street Festival June, Fourth Street A new event celebrating the many cultures represented on Fourth Street, this will feature music, dance, food, a car and motorcycle show, amateur boxing, and activities for kids. Cornstalk Festival June, Cairo  A classic small-town summer celebration including free entrance to the community pool, turtle races, a street dance, and more. Independence Day Celebration July 4, Stuhr Museum  Visit Stuhr Museum on the Fourth of July to celebrate independence with pioneers of the 1890s.

RAILR 32 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Junk Jaunt 4 Download our app Grand Island Vibe For a complete list of events, download the Grand Island Vibe app. 1912, The Father Road The Lincoln Highway — now U.S. Highway 30 — going through downtown Grand Island is dedicated in 1912. It would be completed in 1916, allowing automobiles to travel from sea to shining sea. Just as the completion of the transcontinental railroad signaled the end of the wagon trains, the Lincoln Highway hinted at the demise of cross-country passenger rail. It would be quite a few years, however, until cars would claim that mantle in a practical way: The highway wasn’t completely paved until 1935.  1916: The Grand Island Horse and Mule Market sells up to 16,000 horses a week at its peak. British and French armies come to this area to set up stables during WorldWar I. Art in the Park July, Stolley Park This annual event features artworks by area sculptors, painters, and more. Hall County Fair July, Fonner Park  The Hall County Fair is a classic at Fonner Park every July. Bring the family for live music, a midway, and of course the animals and open class entries as people compete to be a part of the Nebraska State Fair in August. Grand Car Show August, Railside  Classic cars line Railside's Third Street in the historic Grand Theatre’s annual car show on an August afternoon. Live music and free food accompany this event, quickly becoming a community favorite. Craft Brew & Sausage Fest August, Liederkranz  Food, beer, and music pull a full house into the courtyard of the Liederkranz Club every summer. Sample microbrews and home brews at this festive Railside event in the 150-year-old German venue. 350 miles of yard/garage sales and fun in scenic north-central Nebraska. Everything from Granny’s hankies to kolaches. Over 500 vendors in 2021! Save The Date September 23-25, 2022 Shop ‘til You Drop | 308.346.5151

ROADING | 33 Nebraska State Fair August-September, Fonner Park  The state fair features concerts, a fantastic midway, and agricultural competitions in some of the most modern fair facilities around. Entertainment is spread across the grounds and includes exotic animals, stunts, and musicians. A variety of concerts in numerous genres are scheduled outdoors and in the Heartland Events Center. Husker Harvest Days September  For more than 35 years, the world’s largest fully irrigated working farm show has come together west of Grand Island. Husker Harvest Days features planted fields for demonstrations showcasing the newest equipment for today’s farmer. Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt September, Loup River Byway  This 300-mile-long garage sale begins in Grand Island and extends into the Nebraska Sandhills along the Loup River and Sandhills Journey scenic byways. Bring your trailer or rent a van to haul all of your treasures home. AKSARBEN Livestock Show September, Fonner Park  This prestigious, 90+ year old stock show is held at Grand Island’s Fonner Park. Put on by the Nebraska State Fair, it’s open to youth exhibitors, national livestock judging teams, and junior college and college level exhibitors. Harvest of Harmony Parade October, Railside  Since 1938, high school marching bands have strutted through downtown Grand Island in the Harvest of Harmony parade. The tradition continues on the first Saturday in October when more than 75 bands march through the heart of Railside. Imagination Bacon Brewfest October, Fonner Park  Enjoy local craft brews and bacon-inspired appetizers at this unique United Way fundraiser. All Hallow’s Eve October, Stuhr Musuem  Experience an old-fashioned Halloween at one of Stuhr Museum’s most popular events. TOAST of Nebraska Holiday Winefest November, Fonner Park  Presented by the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association, is a two-day celebration of Nebraska wines. Railside Christmas December, Fonner Park  Celebrate the holiday season with crafts, games, vendors, and Santa Claus in Grand Island’s historic downtown. Fantasy of Trees December, Stuhr Musuem  Find inspiration for your own decorations with this display of nearly 100 uniquely decorated Christmas trees in the Stuhr Building. Christmas Past & Present December, Stuhr Musuem  Walk through a lantern-lit Railroad Town wrapped in the scent of woodburning stoves. Step into Railroad Town’s homes and businesses to see what Christmas looked like in 1890. Create your own ornaments, help string popcorn for the tree, or put together a toy in the wood shop. 1918: Union Pacific builds its fourth Grand Island depot, one of the finest small-city depots in the country. Ready to explore the rest of Nebraska? Check out the Nebraska Passport program, directing explorers to hidden gems around the state. Start your Nebraska safari with Grand Island’s passport stops, Zabuni Specialty Coffee and Coney Island. The Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center and St. Paul’s Sweet Shoppe are also nearby stamps to collect.

34 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Your backyard safari One of the greatest NorthAmerican wildlife experiences lands here inGrand Island.Watch thousands of sandhill cranes parachute onto the river in the evening, hear them trumpet as theywake to a crispMarch sunrise. Moments like thesemake life grand. Visit Grand Island, Nebraska Photo by Rick Rasmussen Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

Bumping into a neighbor A U G U S T 2 6 T H R U S E P T E M B E R 5 • G R A N D I S L A N D Join your neighbors and meet new ones in the heart of the state for 11 days of live entertainment, food and exhibits. There’s nothing more Nebraskan than the family-friendly atmosphere and excitement of the Nebraska State Fair. People come half-way across the state to run into their neighbor from across the street. And that’s just how it should be. AUG 26 THRU SEPT 5 • GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKASTATEFAIR + NESTATEFAIR Get tickets at | 37 Growing the next generation. Growing up big and strong with . . . chocolate malts from a 90-year-old Grand Island institution: Coney Island Lunch Room. It may be a small diner, but you'll make memories at this 2022 Nebraska Passport stop. Grand Island, Nebraska Coney Island Lunch Room

38 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Ken's Appliance 2 Husker Harvest Days 2 2208 N. Webb Road, Grand Island | 308-382-6112 | Store Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Sunday 12 - 4 p.m. Serving the Grand Island Community Since 1962 Better health startswith the right supporting cast. You are the main character in your life, and when it comes to your health, this is not a dress rehearsal. CHI Health Clinic in Grand Island provides continuing, comprehensive health care for everyone in our community, frombabies to seniors. With extended hours and walk-ins welcome, we offer care you can count on. Helping keep your health center stage. Because that’s what humankindness is all about. To find a provider, visit FamilyMedicine/Priority Care 908 N Howard Avenue, Suite 109 Grand Island, NE 68803 (308) 398-5522 Women's Health 705 Orleans Drive Grand Island, NE 68803 (308) 398-9393 CHI Health St. Francis and CHI Health Clinic are part of CHI Health, a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. | 39 Railside 4 GI Library 4 Hastings Museum 4 EDC 4 Great place to visit. Better place to live. Let’s talk about growing your business in Grand Island. Dave Taylor President Mary Berlie Vice President GrandIslandEDC  (308) 381-7500 LEARN MORE 16 Miles south of I-80 on Highway 281 1330 N. Burlington Ave., Hastings, NE • 402.461.2399 On Exhibit Now-Aug. 31 Library: 1124 W 2nd St | 308.385.5333 Foundation: PO Box 1364 | Grand Island 68801 | • Genealogy • Makerspace • Seed Library • Children’s Discovery Center • Book Clubs • Outreach & Homebound Connecting You With Information - Ideas - Experiences WE ARE CENTRAL HISTORIC CENTRAL EATING CENTRAL LIVING CENTRAL SHOPPING CENTRAL CIVIC CENTRAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTRAL BUSINESS CENTRAL COMMUNITY CENTRAL ACTIVITIES CENT AL GRAND CENTRAL WE ARE DESTINATION 201 W. 3rd St, Suite 2 Grand Island, NE 308-398-7022 Downtown Business Improvement District

WORL 40 | 2022 Grand Island Vibe Visual Arts Arts & Drafts 411W3rd St, 308-391-1798  Painting classes with drinks; check their website for a schedule. Crane Trust Nature Center Gallery 9325 S Alda Rd, 308-382-1820  Featuring landscapes and wildlife related artworks. The Happy Brush 305W3rd St, 308-383-4609  Drop-in painting and crafts with party rooms and beverages. Nebraska Art Farm 1306W21 Rd (Marquette)  Offering residencies during the warm months. An annual Art Harvest shows off the artists’ works, some of which are permanently installed at the farm. Stuhr MuseumGallery 3133WHighway 34, 308-385-5316  The gallery in the Stuhr Building hosts new shows throughout the year and includes contemporary art, local art, and history. Studio K Art Gallery 112W3rd St, 308-381-4001  New shows every month with openings on the first Friday of every month. This gallery features local arts and crafts of almost every kind. Arts &Music Music Hear Grand Island June-August, Railside Plaza  The Hear Grand Island concert series is a 10-week music extravaganza. Free music is offered up from a stage on the Railside Plaza. All genres are fair game, from folk to heavy metal, emanating from this historic downtown district. Bands come from around the United States. The evening events also includes a beer garden and food vendors. Gather friends and family for a meal at a Railside restaurant before sauntering over to the plaza to soak in the tunes. Make a summer evening of it. The Brick House Nightclub 115W3rd St • 402-870-4527 Taste the nightlife in Railside at the Brick House Nightclub. Heartland Events Center 308-382-4515  The events center hosts numerous concerts every year, along with a variety of other events. Sounds of Summer Downtown Doniphan, 308-389-0290  This concert series hosts a band once a month during the summer in the charming community of Doniphan. Summer Concert Series Grand Island parks, 308-389-0290  Grand Island Parks and Recreation puts on an annual summer music series in parks around the city. Six concerts in June and July feature a variety of different styles. Restaurants and bars around town also regularly feature live music. See our website calendar for more.  Performing Arts CelebrateWood River (Wood River)  A performance arts and entertainment series always free to the public. Events commonly include music, comedy, and history. Grand Island Concert Association 308-382-2309  The concert association brings national and international musicians to Grand Island. Performances are held in the Grand Island Senior High School Theater. Grand Island Little Theater 308-381-6535  Putting on full stage productions every October, December, February, April (depending on the date of Easter), and June. 1938: The first Harvest of Harmony Parade is held. 1937, The Grand Theatre Struggling to compete with more modern movie houses, the “little” Grand Theatre began an extensive renovation. When it opened with its glass facade and neon marquee, hundreds of people lined the block for a chance to see the new art-deco theater. You can still see movies here today surrounded by the same beautiful interior, behind a restored facade and marquee. Shows are $5 per person and run Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. 