The Cuming County Historical Museum Complex is made up of several buildings filled with historical displays. Maintained by the Cuming County Historical Society and the Cuming County Agricultural Society, it is located at the county’s fairgrounds in West Point. In August 1975, the Chicago Northwestern Railroad depot was moved to the fairgrounds. Joining the depot in June 1990 was the Union Pacific Railroad caboose. In 1992, a model railroad was placed in the caboose. A one-room schoolhouse built in 1912 and housing District #34, formerly located in rural Wisner, was added in 1991. It displays hundreds of antique rural school items, desks, stove, blackboards and inkwells and a merry-go-round in the front. In January 1996, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, which had been located south of Wisner, was moved to the park. It serves as a place of worship on Sundays during the fair, and has been the site of a few weddings since its move to the fairgrounds. The Dinklage and Cuming County Heritage Museum was built and dedicated in 1997. The 60×120 building houses machinery, cars and a variety of antique tools. The historical buildings are open by appointment and during the Cuming The Cuming County Historical Museum Complex is made up of several buildings filled with historical displays. Maintained by the Cuming County Historical Society and the Cuming County Agricultural Society, it is located at the county’s fairgrounds in West Point.   The historical buildings are open by appointment and during the Cuming County Fair. More information can be found at: http://www.cumingcountyfair.com/HISTORICAL.html.
 
 
Residents of Wisner, proud of their heritage, started the Wisner Heritage Museum in 1996. The museum doors were first opened to the public during the community’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, as part of the Quasquicentenniel (Q125) year-long celebration. After procuring a location along Highway 275, a small group of citizens began constructing the town they remembered from years past. The museum board and many volunteers are working toward preserving the community’s history plus provide education. A reconstruction of Phil’s Tire Shop, a successful Wisner business that closed after 60 years, is on display at the Wisner Heritage Museum. Other displays include a church, drug store, sewing room, yarn making, weaving, school heritage, sports of all types, autograph books, photography, soap making, cooking, hat collection and tins of the past.

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512 Avenue “E” Wisner, NE 68791 http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~marcha5/Wisner_Museum/Welcome.html
 
 
The Beemer Community Theater has been active since 1986, performing annual musicals. The annual late winter production is held the final weekend of February. The group performs to sold out crowds with three performances- Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon. In 2009 the group reached a milestone, performing its 25th production. That is so because the year 1988 saw both a late winter and a summer production. The Beemer theater group also presents a Christmas production in conjunction with the community’s annual Yuletide Social. Starting with the cast and crew, along with the West Point Special Olympics and West Point Boy Scouts (catering) and the Beemer Fire Department (refreshments), the annual production in February takes an estimated 60 volunteers to carry out. Crowds are around 210 for both Friday and Saturday, and generally around 150 for Sunday at the Beemer Ballroom.
 
West Point’s Community Theatre was organized in 1968 and presented its first stage production, Harvey, in October of that year. In the past 10 years, the organization has experienced revitalization, holding regular performances on its stage at the West Point City Auditorium. In 2008, the theatre leased the auditorium from the city of West Point after another facility was built to serve community functions. Volunteers worked to renovate the former auditorium into a space for performing arts and a 250-seat movie theater. In May 2009, Monsters vs. Aliens was shown as the theatre’s premiere movie. Currently, the theatre shows movies on weekends with show times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, as well as a Sunday matinee. Performing arts include a spring musical, summer melodrama and fall play. Traveling performances also make appearances at West Point Community Theatre. The theatre, which was built in 1911, is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. To get a complete schedule of the volunteer-run organization, visit www.WestPointCommunityTheatre.com. Contact information: 237 North Main Street West Point, NE 68788 402-372-2250 www.westpointcommunitytheatre.org west point comm theater
 
 
Bancroft is the home of the John G. Neihardt State Historical Site. The site is a museum, research library and education center in honor of the life and work of John G. Neihardt, poet laureate of Nebraska. The Neihardt Center attracts over 2,500 national and international visitors every year. The Neihardt site is open year-round. March through November hours are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 to 5 p.m. December through February hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed on holidays. Dates to remember are the spring conference – last weekend of April; the annual Beer Festival – Saturday evening before Neihardt Day; Neihardt Day – first Sunday in August. Call 1-402-648-3388 for more information for Sunday at the Museum, e-mail neihardt@gpcom.netneihardt@gpcom.net or go online to www.neihardtcenter.org.
 
 
There are four known Nebraska State Historical Markers in Cuming County. The DeWitt Historical Site (Marker 249) is located 4 miles west and ¼ mile north as you travel Highway 275 from West Point. It is the site of the first permanent settlement of Cuming County. A second is the John G. Neihardt Study, located at Grove and Washington Streets in Bancroft. This building was erected on the site in the 1890s and was rented from 1911 to 1920 for a study by famous Bancroft poet John Gneisenau Neihardt. Here he wrote his lyrics, prose and part of his epic A Cycle of the West. The study was restored in 1967 and entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. A third historical marker is titled Bancroft and is located ½ mile west of the junction of Nebraska Highways 51 and 16 east of Bancroft, which is the historical home of John G. Neihardt. A final known historical marker in the county is the John G. Neihardt Center located at Elm and Washington Streets in Bancroft. In 1974, state Sen. Blair Richendifer of Walthill introduced legislation which appropriated the sum of $200,000 for the purpose of constructing the John G. Neihardt Foundation. The center was dedicated Aug. 1, 1976. By gubernatorial proclamation, the first Sunday in each August is designated Neihardt Day in Nebraska.
 
Ground-breaking for the new $5.4 million Donald E. Nielsen Community Center took place September 13, 2006. Gifts from several community donors helped fund the project. The facility was completed in 2008. The approximately 44,000-square-foot center features a large hall for banquets, wedding receptions, social gatherings, meetings and small conventions. A West Point Auditorium Foundation was formed to raise money for this privately funded project. Walnut Street west of Highway 275 was redesigned to a divided street curving to the entrance to the new center. That part of the street was renamed Anna Stalp Avenue. The building includes the Shirley and Jake Weber Education Center, which houses distance learning and regular classes from Northeast Community College. It includes a science and computer lab, two distance learning classrooms and four flexible classrooms. Contact information: 200 Anna Stalp Avenue West Point, NE 68788 402-372-0184 or 402-380-2820 www.WPNielsenCenter.com manager@wpNielsenCenter.com
 
Built on 166 acres near the banks of the Elkhorn River just south of Beemer, the Indian Trails golf course has a rich history. The Cuming County Recreational Association was founded in 1963 and later became known as Indian Trails. Construction on the restaurant and lounge building was completed in 1964. There are currently around 250 active memberships which include: family, single, business, junior, and college. The course offers both men’s and women’s leagues, as well as a Friday night couple’s league. Several tournaments are held throughout the year, including the June member-guest and July open tourneys. A driving range and carts are available. Tee times can be made in advance by calling 402-528-3404. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week. 4748327358_1374ee8fe5_o (Photo by Paul Oliver)
 
 
Bancroft takes great pride in their park, located in the southwest corner of the village. Playground equipment, purchased with grant money, was added in 1997. Other features of Bancroft’s park include a band shell, trees and memorial benches. The concession stand is busy during baseball and softball season at the John Bring Memorial Field.
 
Beemer’s three village parks include the Beemer Main Street Park & Gazebo, located at 3rd & Main Street, which has a gazebo and provides a place to relax and watch the Main Street activities; Beemer Children’s Park, located at 5th & Harrison Street, which has a playground and picnic shelter; and the Beemer Village Park, located on south Main Street, which has playground equipment, ball fields, horseshoes, tennis courts, basketball hoops, sand volleyball court and a picnic area. IMG_1245   (Photo by O'Hana Studios)
 
 
One of the newest additions to West Point is the Boy Scout Memorial Park located on Main Street. The park was dedicated in 2009 and was established in memory of the four Boy Scouts who were killed when a tornado struck Little Sioux Scout Camp in Iowa in 2008. One of the Scouts killed was Aaron Eilerts, who was raised in West Point. The Memorial Park includes interesting history of Scouting, and monuments in memory of all four Scouts who were killed.
 
The main park in West Point is Neligh Park, located in the heart of the city. The park is equipped with plenty of playground equipment, which was updated as recently as 2009, several picnic shelter areas, and horseshoe pits. Two sand volleyball courts are also located there. Tent camping is allowed in the park and areas around Neligh Park Lake, where fishing is allowed. The park also has handicap-accessible restrooms with showers. Eight paved camper pads are located on the west side of Neligh Park Lake. The camping pads have electrical and water hookups. The park has a sewage pump station for campers. West Point’s well-maintained swimming pool is located in Neligh Park and is a popular place in the summer. The pool has three small water slides and two diving boards. The pool is used by the West Point Dolphins, a summer swim team. neligh park
 
 
Timmermann Memorial Park is located on the west edge of West Point. It also has playground equipment and restrooms. A tennis court and basketball court are located there, as is another sand volleyball court. Timmermann Park is also the home to four ball fields, which are also used for the many youth baseball and softball teams that play in West Point each summer.
 
 
Wilderness Park is a natural preserve on the east edge of West Point and is the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the many species of wildlife and prairie vegetation in an undeveloped environment. Many people use this area for kite flying. The scenic beauty of the 120-acre park interests young and old alike. Many species of wildlife, such as deer, make Wilderness Park their home. The park has a picnic shelter. The park is also a popular place for sledding in the winter months.
 
 
Wisner has three parks with the main park being Wisner River Park, located along the North bank of the Elkhorn River in the southeastern portion of Wisner. River Park sports three playing fields which host the Little League and American Legion baseball action, along with girls softball. A new boat ramp at River Park provides easy access to the Elkhorn River for canoes, air boats and tanks. You will also catch many fishermen casting off the banks of the river in the park, as well as kids casting lines into a lake located on the northeastern part of the park. This lake is stocked annually with sufficient bullheads. Camping is big at River Park, with a good number of camping hookups available, as well as a clean bathroom and shower facility. There are also multiple roofed-in picnic areas located at River Park. Adjacent to, and just east of, River Park is a minipark, which contains a tennis court and picnic area. It is located next to Wisner’s City Auditorium.
 
 
Funded greatly through the generosity of the Louis and Abby Faye Dinklage Foundation, a park named Dinklage Memorial Park is located between 11th and 12th Streets and Avenues H and I in Wisner. The park, which has a roofed-in picnic area and playground equipment for the kids, is located next to the city’s swimming pool. The pool is open to the public during the summer months and plays host to the Wisner youth swim team. Wisner also offers an eight-lane bowling alley. Outdoor recreation in the Wisner area includes boating and canoeing on the Elkhorn River, hunting, fishing, golf, skating and tennis. For those who love adventure, a Jeep club schedules numerous events. Jeep owners head out on weekend excursions, which could include a drive through and along the Elkhorn River, depending on the height of the water.

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