Holdrege, Nebraska city office

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Holdrege is poster town for mid-western values

If you were looking for someplace that embodied the kind of values America was built on – hard work, education, common sense, care for others – you wouldn’t have to look farther than Holdrege, Nebraska.

Located near the geographic midpoint of the country, Holdrege is one of those towns where all the downtown intersections are paved in brick. The churches near downtown – and there are many – are venerable and substantial, with traditional steeples and stained glass windows, many referencing having been founded in the 1880s or 90s. The trees are old and big – ash and maple and oak and elm – and the houses have spacious, well-kept lawns and generous, shady porches.

A “New Neighborhood” in town

The recent recipient of a “New Neighborhood” grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Holdrege has a lot of new building planned. According to Charlotte Erickson, director of the Holdrege Housing Authority, the city is developing a property in northeast Holdrege that will include up to 60 single-family homes and townhouses. Erickson also said a park and a walking/bicycling trail will eventually connect the new neighborhood with the middle and high schools, football and soccer fields, North Park, the hospital and the YMCA of the Prairie.

Holdrege already boasts two spacious parks: walking trails, a fishing pond in which people catch trout, bluegill and catfish all year, picnic pavilions and a George Lundeen sculpture are notable attractions in North Park; tall elm and oak trees shade the municipal swimming pool, picnic tables and kid-pleasing playgrounds at South Park. South Park also connects with the Lake Seldom wetlands project and walking trail, a favorite spot of area bird watchers.

All information about Holdrege courtesy of Nebraska Rural Living.