DescriptionFounded in 1882, McCook developed along with the Burlington Railroad line on which it was built. Originally called Fairview, the town was renamed after Gen. Alexander McCook. The railroad boom in 1882 resulted in the construction of more than 100 buildings, and increased rail use in the 1920s caused McCook's population to double.
Discovery in the 1950s of one of the state's major oil fields prompted diversification of the economy, and the town now serves as a retail and service center for the numerous communities in the Republican River Valley. McCook lies near many of Nebraska's sport fishing lakes and areas noted for pheasant and upland game hunting.
Visitor InfoMcCook Area Chamber of Commerce 203 W. 2nd St. MCCOOK, NE 69001. Phone:(308)345-3200
Things to SeeMuseum of the High Plains