DescriptionGothenburg is the center of one of the richest grain-producing areas in the country. More than 55,000 acres yield millions of pounds of white and yellow corn for snack food production. Livestock production, feed corn and alfalfa also are important.
The history of the town dates back to the great westward expansion, when thousands of pioneers crossed through on the Mormon and Oregon trails. In 1860-61 riders on the Pony Express route passed south of Gothenburg, carrying mail. Advertisements seeking riders asked for fearless young men weighing less than 135 pounds—“orphans preferred.”
Historic homes and tree-lined streets surround Ehmen Park, established in the 1890s. Lake Helen Recreation Area and Lafayette Park feature a reservoir with picnic areas, a playground and a campground. A covered bridge connects the campground with the park.
Visitor InfoGothenburg Chamber of Commerce 1001 Lake Ave. GOTHENBURG, NE 69138. Phone:(308)537-3505 or (800)482-5520
Self-guiding toursA brochure featuring a walking tour of historic Gothenburg is available at the chamber of commerce or the Pony Express Station Museum.
Things to SeePony Express Station Museum