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Merrick County Historical Museum

211 E St • Central City, NE 68826
(P) 308-946-2867 ?  

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The local society promotes this historical heritage of the county by maintaining a museum in Central City and at the Merrick County Fairgrounds. The furnishings of the Cahow Barber Shop of Chapman, featured in the books of author Wright Morris was donated to the museum by the Village of Chapman, and a room in the museum is dedicated to this important display.

The Merrick County Historical Museum conducts bi-monthly meetings, conducts tours and hosts the Teddy Bear Picnic and Parade, as well as an annual Christmas Open House. Members of the society have been responsible for compiling and publishing two volumes of Merrick County History; the first in 1981 and the second in 1988. The Historical Museum purchased the old Traver mansion on old Front Street in 1968, and in addition to restoring the home, exhibits many artifacts and records in the house.

The old city fire bell, nearly buried in the Union Pacific right-of-way has been restored and mounted in a decorative tower on the lawn of the Traver home.

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Why I Love Central City!
"People are nice.  The teachers are nice teachers.  Moms and Dads let us play with everyone.  Everyone is thankful for each other.  It helps our city by recycling.  I like all of the cops because they do their job.  That's why I like this city."
—Clarissa O., 2nd Grade