You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate a few of these historical spots on the way through Columbus, Nebraska! The small town of Columbus has beautiful stops to take the family and kids for a fun and educational experience.
Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial
A large sculpture can be seen when entering Pawnee Park, just South of the viaduct on either side of Highway 81 and Highway 30. This piece of art honors all members of the National Guard and Reserves and reminds us of the man who changed the world. Andrew Jackson Higgins was a local to the area and helped build and design the landing craft during World War II, forever changing the safety and transportation during landings.
Statues at the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial
Humphrey Veteran’s Park
As a place to remember all of those who have served our great nation, the Humphrey Veteran’s Park is a relatively new memorial site. Students from the 6th grade classes of Humphrey St. Francis and Humphrey Public Schools helped with renovating this site as a class project. When making the stop; you can reflect on the past, while learning and educating the future. There is a small structure nearby with bricks covering it, that recognizes individual veterans, their branch and years served.
The Entrance of the Humphrey Veteran’s Park
Located inside this beautiful, 8,000 square foot renovated building is the Firetruck Museum. The building is 105 years old and holds 8 antique fire trucks along with the history behind them. The trucks not only represent Columbus, but the surrounding communities as well. This spot on the historical society map is a reminder to all the fireman who have served our communities.
A Christmas-themed firetruck display at the Firetruck Museum
Director of Columbus Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
753 33rd Ave
Columbus, NE 68601