Historic Circle Tour:
As you leave Interstate 80 and head west, you will be traveling
along the Oregon Trail beside the Platte River, the
same path followed by the pioneers heading west in their covered wagons.
- Plum Creek Massacre: On August 8, 1864,
a wagon train of 12 wagons was attacked by about l00 Oglala
Indians led by Chief Red Cloud and Chief Big Bear.
All of the men among the settlers were killed. One pioneer woman and a boy
were captured and held captive for six months. At the Plum Creek
Massacre Site you will see a memorial to the tragedy. A complete account
and display of telegrams and letters may be seen in the Phelps County
Museum in Holdrege.
- Sandhill Cranes: In March and April,
view some of the 500,000 Sandhill Cranes that pause to feed on
their annual trek from Mexico to Canada, Alaska and Siberia in what some experts
call the most impressive wildlife spectacle in the world. Ancient birds, the
Cranes have been repeating this annual migration for eons. These cranes can
be easily seen feeding in farmers' fields along the river ten miles north of
Bertrand. On the right day, you might catch a glimpse of the rare Whooping Crane
- Cattle: Cattle are penned and fed annually at Phelps
County Feeders, Paul Johnson & Sons Feedlot, Dahlgren
Cattle Company and South Central Feeders.
- Village of Bertrand: Plan to stop and have lunch at one of the two
friendly restaurants in Bertrand. You can also get supplies at the grocery
convenience stores for a relaxing picnic in the city park.
- Urbana Cemetery: This turn-of-the-century cemetery is all that remains
of the Urbana Church and Cemetery. The land was donated by Perry Lewis, and
his burial in 1942 marks the last grave dug in this cemetery.
- Fort Kearny, Tracyville & Arapahoe Trails: A sign marks the spot
where the Fort Kearny, Tracyville, and Arapahoe trails crossed.
These trails were used from 1871 to 1885.
- Zion Lutheran Cemetery: This landmark cemetery was started
by German descendents and surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. It is located
in the wild beauty of a canyon area.
- U.S. Wildlife Preserve: Located 2 1/2 miles south of Bertrand. Visitors
can enjoy the beauty of Nebraskan wildlife. Hunting is permitted in season with
- Windmill Collection: Harlan Lilyhorn collects and restores
old windmills. Visitors are welcome to stop by and see the many windmills in
his collection. It is a look back into the history of the area when the inhabitants
depended on the wind for their water supply.
- Amish Cemetery: A group of Amish settlers was led by Bishop
Yost H. Yoder to Gosper County in 1880. They returned to
their native Pennsylvania in 1903 after Yoder's death leaving behind a small
cemetery marked with simple red rock and marble. This cemetery is maintained
by a local church youth group.
- Highland Cemetery: Andrew J. Widick, Civil War hero, is buried
in Highland Cemetery. Widick was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor
for "action above and beyond the call of duty" in the battle of Vicksburg. There
is also an unusual tree-shaped tombstone in this cemetery.
Hunting - Pheasant, quail,
deer, duck and geese
|Fishing, boating and camping are available at nearby recreation areas:
- Elwood Reservoir: fishing, boating
- Johnson Lake: cabins, boating, fishing, skiing, excellent camping
- Platte River: floating, wildlife viewing, fishing
- Swimming Pool
- 9-hole, par 35 Golf Course
- Outdoor Tennis Facilities
- Sand Volleyball , 2 courts
- Summer Ball Programs
The Bertrand Senior Center has noon meals on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Various activities are planned, including bingo, pool, card playing, and entertainment. Hand quilting by the Seniors is available. Blood pressure checks and exercise sessions are also available.
There are many activities available to the youth in Bertrand during the summer months. Swimming is a very popular recreation during the hot days of summer, and lessons are also available. Other popular spots are the tennis and basketball courts, sand volleyball area, and the new playground structure on the school playground. For kids that like to play ball, Bertrand offers a good summer program.
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||Annual Fishing Tournaments: These events are held in early June, with a good time had by all. For more information call Dan McCracken at 308-472-3411. Event held on June 7th in 2014|
||Fourth of July: To be held July 4th at the Football Field.
||Annual Bertrand Days: 2015 - 66th Annual "Bertrand Days" will be held June 26th through June 30th. The celebration will include horse show, livestock judging, parade on Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm, a kiddies' parade, community worship service, alumni banquet, and many other fun activities.
||Annual Craft Show: Held in late October or early November, this large craft show has exhibitors from all over a three-state region. The 2015 show is Saturday, October 17th. Contact Janice Gengenbach at 308-472-5092 for more information.
||Annual Community Garage Sale: Sale held last Saturday in July, which is July 25th. Contact Carol Johnston or Roxann Winheim at 308-472-3455 for more information.
||Annual Bertrand Chamber Golf Tournament held in August.
||Fire Department Golf Tournament- July 14th & 15th
||Santa's Day- December 13th
||Christmas Tree Walk & Soup Supper- In December. Contact: Bev Hansen - 308-472-5350
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