Dixon County – Ponca

Dixon County, NE Map
Dixon County

Located in the Northeast corner of Nebraska; boarding South Dakota and Iowa is picturesque Dixon County, home to Ponca State Park.  Ponca State Park, the eastern gateway to the 59-mile section of unchannelized Missouri National Recreational River; encompasses 2,400 acres of rolling woodlands, scenic vistas, Missouri River access, great wildlife viewing, 22 miles of trails, special events, and so much more.  Lewis and Clark passed through Dixon County during their epic journey up the Missouri River in 1804. Today, the National Park Service has designated Ponca State Park as part of the Lewis and Clark Historical Trail.   Just inside the community of Ponca, NE is the Adam’s House Museum and Blacksmith Shop; a living history museum representation of the vital role of blacksmiths in the history of American communities. View original tools and machinery restored to working condition. The Days of ’56 Rodeo, the 3rd largest PRCA Rodeo in Nebraska and the largest outdoor expo, the Missouri River Outdoor Expo are held annually at Ponca, NE.

Thirteen miles northwest from Ponca is Newcastle, NE, home to Casa De Paz House of Peace a spiritual respite retreat, Turkey Creek Equestrian Campground, Annie’s Dig, and the annual Labor Day Celebration and Threshing Bee where you can see firsthand how wheat and oats were harvested in early years.   Annie’s Dig is an archeological excavation site listed on the National Register of Historic Places; open by appointment only.

 Eighteen miles southwest from Ponca is Allen, NE, home to the Dixon County Museum. Early memories of how life was during the founding years of Dixon County are found here; household items, pictures of the early ten towns, pictures from the 87 country schools, military uniforms, railroad history, farming implements, firetrucks, horse drawn school bus, and genealogy material.  Allen’s local eatery Henry’s is located in the former Goods Garage and International Harvester Dealership building.

Eleven miles south of Allen is the community of Wakefield with its cobblestone main streets, 1882 Train Depot Museum, 1915 Round Barn, 1890 Haskell House, Little Red Hen Theatre, and the 1915 Graves Library Museum.  The Little Red Hen Theatre puts on three productions annually.  Wakefield is also home to the annual Balloon N’ BBQ Celebration. 

Dixon County Businesses

Business/WWWAddressCityContact #
B&S Trading Post and Fine SpirtsOpen daily 6A - 9P. Grocery Store, Noon Lunch Specials, Soft Ice Cream, Specialty Coffees gift area and sitting Fine Spirts such as wine, Beer Favorite beverages, Alcohol, ON  the way to Ponca State Park.
117 Union StreetPonca(402) 755-4220
Cedar Hills Designs Open Sat 10- 3 and Suns 11- 2. Original, handcrafted, Rustic Home designs, Holiday décor, wall décor, Centerpieces, Vintage Furniture and original Patty Ann Paintings. Custom orders welcome! On the way to Ponca State Park.
103 E 3rdPonca(402) 369-2154
Keller PharmacyOpen Mom-Fri 8A-6P, Saturday 8-2. One of few old-fashioned soda fountains left in Nebraska. We carry many unique gift items: jewelry, purses & accessories, clothing items, home décor, Hallmark cards, outdoor décor, Jollytime popcorn, Russell Stover candies, Huskers items, more!
101 West 3rd StPonca402-755-2216
Eaton GreenhouseOpen Mon. – Fri. 9A – 6P, Sat. 9A – 5 Locally owned “growing” business since 1933! We offer a variety of vegetable and bedding plants with a huge selection of annuals, perennials, and hanging baskets. Bring us your pots and we will plant them.
706 Winter StWakefield(402) 287-2622
Ekberg Auto Parts, Inc.
Open Mon- Fri 7:30A. – 5:30P, Sat. 8A. – 12P, NAPA, Home town owned and operated for 38 years!
103 N. Oak StWakefield(402) 287-9031
El Jalisquillo Open Tues – Sat 10A – 8:30P, Sunday 10A – 8P, Rice bowls, Wakefield’s largest pizzadilla, entrées made with fresh produce, freshly prepared meals. Chimichangas with the family’s secret sauce. El Jalisquillo will also make any entrée vegetarian upon request.
208 Main StWakefield402-287-9006
Lazy Acres Décor
& Floral
Open Monday - Friday: 10 A – 5:30 P, Saturday by appt, Fresh flowers, home décor, candy bouquets, silk designs, gourmet food items, and specialty gifts. You may call us to place orders direct at 402-287-8004. Serving the area since 2007, secure 24-hour ordering right at your fingertips.
302 Main StWakefield402-287-8004
Miller Building SupplyOpen: Mon-Fri 8 – 5:30 Sat 8-12. Hardware, paint, plumbing, electrical, tools, lumber and building supplies. For all your building and remodeling needs. Whether a small fix-it project or a complete new house. Proudly serving Wakefield since 2008
205 Main StWakefield402-287-9032
ReDressed Formals Open By appt. Formal wear for purchase or rental: prom, cocktail, homecoming and evening gowns. Dedicated to providing high quality, affordable formalwear for your special occasion. Dresses are available for rent or purchase.
321 Main StWakefield(402) 613-2235
Shape Up Fitness
& Tanning
Open 24/7 Shape Up Fitness and Tanning provides the Wakefield community with a fitness center and tanning bed. With a variety of cardio equipment and weights, this is the place to go to work on your fitness goals.
901 Oak StreetWakefield(402)369-2516
The Quilt ShopOpen Mon – Fri 9A – 5P, Sat. 9A – 2P, Sunday by appt. Custom made quilts, quilted kitchen and household items, antique sewing machines and sewing related items, over 7000 bolts of material! In a former grocery store built in 1904 with gorgeous tin ceilings and space to display our beautiful quilts.
314 Main StWakefield(402) 287-2325
Wakefield Civic CenterState of the art events center - Wakefield Senior Center and the office of Wakefield Progressive, Inc. Over 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a full kitchen with two stovetops, two ovens, freezer and commercial refrigerator make catering events a breeze!
301 Main StWakefield402-369-1631
Woven Luxe BoutiqueOpen Tues- Fri Noon – 6P, Sat. 10A. – 4P, Woven Luxe provides stylish clothing for women of all shapes and sizes with clothing sizes ranging from XS – 3X. To complete your outfit, Woven Luxe has a wide variety of jewelry, hair accessories, belts, handbags and shoes.
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