Cuming County – West Point

Cuming County
Cuming County

Welcome to Cuming County! Cuming County is known for Thunder by the River, the Cuming County Fair and the American Veteran’s Park in West Point. The rural communities of Bancroft, Beemer, West Point, and Wisner rely heavily on agriculture, small businesses, and family. We welcome you to visit Cuming County and all that we have to offer!

Looking for outdoor adventures? Visit the Wilderness Park in West Point or if you have little ones enjoy the new All-Inclusive Playground at Neligh Park. Located in Beemer is the Indian Trails County Club Golf Course equipped with 18 holes and a breath-taking view of the Elkhorn River. Bancroft’s new canoe and kayak access, just ¼ mile north from town, makes for a great day on the river with friends. Have a boat and looking to get it on the river? A boat ramp located in the Wisner’s River Park gives you entrance into the Elkhorn River.

Make sure to come hungry as Cuming County has approximately 30 different spots to get food. Grab a twelve- or sixteen-ounce prime rib from the family-owned Lantz’s Steakhouse in Wisner, run to West Point to Hide-A-Way Grill or the Roadhouse Lounge to grab an ice-cold beverage and pizza. Don’t forget to stop in at Oak Barn Beef to grab some jerky for the rest of your Backroads Tour!

Make sure to take time to visit all our many unique retails stores: Rustic Riverside Mercantile, She’s Smitten, Countryside Consignments, Flower and Gift Gallery, JJ’s Attic, Two Blooms and A Bud, and Harms’ Antique Way.

West Point, Beemer and Wisner sit along Highway 275; while Bancroft sits on Highway 51 & 16. Most of Cuming County is approximately 40 minutes from Wayne, NE, 40 minutes from Fremont, NE, 1 hour from Omaha, NE; and 1 hour from Sioux City, IA.

The Cuming County boundary lines were established by an act of territorial legislature and approved in March of 1855. The County took its name from Thomas B. Cuming, who at the time was the governor of the new Nebraska Territory. In 1857, the County Seat landed in “New Philadelphia” which is now known as West Point. It is said that West Point was named such because it was the western-most point of where the Elkhorn River Valley was settled at that time.

In the years following, J. D. Neligh, founder of West Point, journeyed to Omaha and Fontanelle to encourage settlers to enjoy the lush river valley. With the arrival of the railroad, in 1870, West Point flourished with three new newspapers, hotels, carriage manufacturer and many other businesses. The U. S. Federal census of 1900 recorded the county’s population was 14,584.

The information above is credited to Cuming County Government Website, NACO Website, and Jim McKee: How Cuming County came to be

Cuming County Businesses

Business/WWWAddressCityContact #
West Point Brewing Co Open Sun 2-8pm, Mon-Thur 3-10pm, Fri & Sat 3-12am. Tap Room Located in Downtown West Point! Come check our our selection of Craft Beer, Mixed Drinks
139 S. Main StWest Point(402) 372-9980

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Interesting area Information

The first officials to serve the county were not paid for the first 5 years of serving.  During this period these officials paid for the necessary county supplies out of their own pockets.

Before the county seat was determined to be in “New Philadelphia” or now known as West Point; the county seat was first set in Catherine, otherwise known as Dead Timber, and the second location was DeWitt, otherwise known as Manhattan.  It wasn’t until 1857, when the said towns were ruled as “paper towns” otherwise known as factitious towns.

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Tyanna Gracey at Heart City – Valentine: Dan McElhaney at Blood Pharmacy – Neligh: Chelsea Easterling at Polly Auctions - Allen: Tracy Schmit at Dianes Green House -Fordyce, Ne: Devon Risch at Tipsy Pine Pizza Longpine , NE