Farming history and high school memories

The Gibbon Heritage Center is working hard to preserve the town's history. For example, the organization is preserving the sanctuary of the 1889 Baptist Church. It's a focal point of the center. But there's so much more to take in here.

"In 1975 and 1976, the building was deeded over to be used as a Heritage Center, and at that time, they began collecting artifacts, documents, photos," Heritage Center Board Chairman Kevin McGregor said. "Over the years, they've gotten items such as the telephone manual switchboard, equipment from the Gibbon Reporter newspaper, and cash registers from some of the local businesses."

The center chronicles the fact that potatoes used to be grown around Gibbon, along with sugar beets. The center houses the pictures of all the graduating classes from Gibbon dating back to 1890. There is also plenty of history of how the town got named after General John Gibbon who was the commander at Fort Kearny at the time the railroad came through the area.

Be sure to check out the heritage center if you are passing through the area. It could be a good stop for you while you are getting a glimpse of the Sandhill cranes in March.