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About Beatrice

  • Founded: 1857
    Location: Southeast portion of Nebraska at the intersection of State Highway 4 and U.S. highways 77 and 136, 39 miles south of Lincoln, 100 miles southwest of Omaha and 179 miles northwest of Kansas City.
    Population: approximately 13,000
    Airport: Beatrice Municipal Airport offers many of the services found at larger airports without the associated costs and headaches. The airport's management and staff make it easy to extend your visit to Beatrice beyond the airport's boundaries. Whether you're flying in for a few hours, for a day, or for a week-long vacation from the hustle and bustle of the city, Beatrice airport is at your service.
    County Seat
    : Gage County
    Land Area: 8 square miles
    Elevation: 1,324 ft.
    Within 1 Hour of: Interstate 80, The Nebraska State Capitol building in Lincoln. Commercial Airport, Downtown Lincoln, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, major shopping centers; numerous lakes and recreation areas.
    Famous Natives: Actors Robert Taylor and Harold Lloyd.
    Form of Government: Mayor and City Council (all elected).
    Renowned Businesses: Dempster Industries is the oldest manufacturer of windmills in the nation; Paddock Kensington Hotel is a historical building with supervised retirement apartments; Exmark Manufacturing produces Toro; Indian Creek Mall was the first and only shopping mall in Beatrice; Hoover Group manufacturers of storage tanks and shipping containers was founded in 1911; Store Kraft Manufacturing and Corporate Headquarters was established in 1920 and produces store fixtures.
    Homestead National Monument:
     Southeast Nebraska's only national park. Learn about the impacts the Homestead Act had on the U.S. and the world. Experience the monument's unique features, including the award-winning Heritage Center, the Palmer-Epard Cabin, a 100-acre tall-grass prairie, the Education Center, and the Freeman School. There is no entrance fee. All programs and events are free. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. From Memorial Day through Labor Day: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
    Largest Employers:
     Beatrice State Developmental Center 697, Exmark Manufacturing Company 400, Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center 365, Mosaic 350, Beatrice Public Schools 281, Good Samaritan Society 225, Store Kraft Manufacturing 190, NEAPCO Inc. 186, City of Beatrice 139.
    Health Facilities:
     Beatrice Community Hospital (25-bed critical access hospital with 18 active medical staff and about 100 consulting, affiliate and courtesy medical staff). There are three out-patient clinics, 25 physicians or physician's assistants, 12 dentists, 303 nurses, six optometrists or ophthalmologists, and three veterinarians.
    Library: The Beatrice Public Library provides a variety of services, including books, videos, DVDs, audio books, free Internet search service, periodicals, genealogy, and local history collections.
    Main Street Beatrice: The Organization Committee is committed to obtaining consensus, clarity and cooperation between all who are affiliated with Main Street Beatrice. Affiliates include Main Street Beatrice representatives, downtown business owners and employees, Main Street partners, city representatives, volunteers, civic groups, building owners, and individuals with an interest in the downtown area.
    Schools: Beatrice High School, Beatrice Middle School, Cedar Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Paddock Lane Elementary School, and Stoddard Elementary School.

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