DescriptionAn important regional rail center, Hastings began as a wholesale depot that supplied northern Kansas and southwestern Nebraska. During World War II its Naval Ammunitions Depot supplied 40 percent of the Navy's bombs, shells and rockets. The Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History features a display dedicated to Kool-Aid, which was invented here in 1927. Roadside markers commemorating the Oregon Trail and Pony Express also are found in the surrounding area.
A number of entertainment options are available in the vicinity. In summer Fisher Fountain at 12th Street and Denver Avenue is the site of illuminated water displays, a tradition that dates to the 1930s. In mid-October, the 2-day Cottonwood Market Days festival, which highlights fine art and Western culture, occurs in downtown Hastings. In addition Motorsport Park Hastings, at US 6 and Showboat Road, lures racing fans with a 2.3-mile, 14-turn track; phone (402) 845-2988.
Hastings is centrally located between the Platte River and the Rainwater Basin where millions of ducks, geese and sandhill cranes migrate each spring. Boating, water skiing and fishing can be enjoyed at Lake Hastings May through September.
InfoOfficeAdams County Convention and Visitors Bureau 100 N. Shore Dr. HASTINGS, NE 68901. Phone:(402)461-2370 or (800)967-2189
Attraction PlaceHoldersChildren's Museum of Central Nebraska