Introduction to McCook, Nebraska
McCook was established in 1883 when the railroad companies of Chicago, Burlington and Quincy authorized the Lincoln Company to build a town. It is named after the famous civil war officer Alexander McDowell McCook. Soon after its establishment, the city became a center of trade and commerce. It is the birthplace of Ben Nelson, one of Nebraska’s two current U.S Senators. McCook is the county seat of Red Willow County, which was formed in 1873.
McCook and nearby Attractions
- Museum of the High Plains
- MSenator George Norris State Historical Site
- Medicine Creek Reservoir State Recreation Area
- Heritage Hills Golf Course
- Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area
Things To Do In McCook
The Museum of High Plains and the McCook Family History Center offer historical insights into the city’s past. One can also enjoy a variety of activities at the Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area or at the Medicine Creek Reservoir State Recreation Area. McCook hosts several local festivals throughout the year, including Heritage Days, the Red Willow County Fair and the Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival.
Air transportation is available from North Platte Regional Airport Lee Bird Field.
McCook Higher Education
The University of Nebraska at Kearny, Central Community College and Fort Hays State University are the local centers of higher education.