Encounter One of Nebraska's Memorable Politicians in McCook

MCCOOK, Neb.- If you are in McCook, consider visiting the Senator George Norris State Historic Site.

Senator Norris is a huge name in the world of Nebraska and national politics. He spent 40 years in government, including 10 years in the House of Representatives and 30 years as a U.S. Senator. During that time, he was instrumental in developing the Tennessee Valley Authority, which helped with flood control and power generation along the Tennessee River. He was also key to the Rural Electrification Act, which brought electrical service to rural areas of the country. He was also the visionary behind the state's Unicameral form of government.

He was actually a native of Ohio. He was a teacher, then a lawyer. "He went to Beatrice, Nebraska. His mother owned some land down there. Then he finally found his way to Beaver City, Nebraska where he was lawyer," Senator George Norris State Historic Site Facilities Operator Dawna Bates said. "He became a District Court Judge, and that's when he moved to McCook."

Bates says Norris and his first wife bought the house in McCook in 1898, and they remodeled it in 1931. He lived at the house, although he also lived in Washington D.C. when serving in the Senate. He retired to the home, but only lived another year and a half there. "While he was here in this house, he wrote his autobiography," Bates said.

If you would like to visit the home, you can visit Wednesdays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Or you can contact Dawna Bates for an appointment.