Introduction to McCook, Nebraska

McCook, Nebraska, in Red Willow county, is 212 miles W of Lincoln, Nebraska and 224 miles E of Aurora, Colorado.

McCook History

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.

McCook Transportation

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.

Mccook Almanac

County Red Willow County
Standard Zip Codes69001
Phone Area Codes308
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.2
Approximate Longitude-100.62

Mccook Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp14 to 39 F
Apr Temp36 to 65 F
Jul Temp63 to 90 F
Oct Temp38 to 68 F
Annual Precip21.6 inches
Distance11.2 miles
Jan Temp12 to 39 F
Apr Temp34 to 64 F
Jul Temp62 to 90 F
Oct Temp36 to 68 F
Annual Precip21.4 inches
Distance24.9 miles
Jan Temp11 to 37 F
Apr Temp34 to 63 F
Jul Temp62 to 89 F
Oct Temp35 to 68 F
Annual Precip21.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Mccook Public Libraries

Mccook Public Library
Mccook, Nebraska
(308) 345-1906

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Mccook Hospitals

Community Hospital
1301 East H St
(308) 344-2650

Mccook Private Schools

St Patrick Elementary School
401 E F St
ZIP: 69001
Total Enrollment 133
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