The Mausoleum, known as McDowell’s Tomb, is located on the banks of Rose Creek, south of Fairbury in the Rose Creek Wildlife Management Area. The large, two-room tomb was hand-carved into a sandstone bluff by Fairbury resident Nelson L. McDowell, the son of J.B. McDowell, one of founding fathers of Fairbury. Nelson McDowell, a wealthy Read more [...]
Place Category: Historic Stops
Contact Person: Curator Pa’Ren Sims
The mission of the Fairbury City Museum is to preserve, display and promote the history of Fairbury, Nebraska as well as Jefferson County. The Fairbury City Museum has a very impressive inventory of period items that have been donated by friends and families of the community. The Fairbury City Museum, once housed in a tiny store front on the west side of the downtown square, has found a new home in a former elementary school building at 12th & Elm Streets, just two blocks south of Hwy 136, Nebraska’s Heritage Highway.
The former elementary school building is comprised of several rooms, each containing stationary exhibits showcasing Fairbury’s history, people, businesses and events. The grounds around the school building also provide for larger, outdoor exhibits of buildings, machinery and equipment.
Each year the Fairbury City Museum hosts a number of fundraising events to help keep preservation efforts going. Come dine on some good food during our GrillFest in June or visit us during the Annual Car Show in September.
School and Group tours are welcome anytime. Please call (402) 671-6879 for more information or to schedule tours. Email inquiries may be sent to email@example.com.
Fairbury City Museum Annual Events