Welcome to Adams County History


Welcome to the website of the Adams County Nebraska Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the historical record of the times and people of Adams County, Nebraska.

The purpose of this site is to provide information about the history of Adams County and the Adams County Historical Society itself.  Stories and photos take you back in time as you learn about the rich history of Adams County from its ties to the Oregon Trail, Pony Express and Homesteading to the Naval Ammunition Depot, which was the largest in the United States during WWII.  The Adams County seat and the Historical Society are both located in Hastings,
the "Birthplace of Kool-Aid".

While you're here please be sure to check out publications available and services we provide.  Also, enjoy scenes from the past in the Historic Photos Slideshow.  History events taking place in Adams County will be listed and updated under the Events section.  Thank you for visiting our site, come back often for updated stories and photos.



Walt Miller's new book, "U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot" now available for purchase at the Historical Society

ACHS Annual Meeting, June 1, 2014 2:00pm at the Hastings Museum.  Walt Miller will present a program on his book

Check out the new Pauline website!


Dust Bowl Years

Robert Geiger, an Associated Press reporter who was a sports aficionado, coined the name Dust Bowl, referring to the dust blown lands of the Great Plains. He was familiar with the Rose Bowl, other similar sports arenas in existence at that time, and...

Regional Center

The pioneer settlers of Nebraska left behind them the advantages and comforts of an older civilization, but they could not escape the ills that afflict humanity. The State Lunatic Asylum near the city...