Points of Interest
Located 22 miles west of Columbus, Neb., on Highway 22, Genoa strives to maintain a safe and comfortable community in which to live. The city owns a public swimming pool and park facility which includes three ball diamonds, a tennis court, two sand volleyball courts, camping hookups and several park shelters.
One of the main attractions in Genoa is the United States Indian School. Between 1884 and 1934, the Genoa Indian Industrial School educated and taught trades to children of Native American descent. Today the Indian School Museum is housed in the school building. Visitors can tour the school grounds and see murals painted by Indian children. Included in this museum is a pictorial exhibit depicting life on the campus of the Genoa Indian School. In 1990, the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation was founded to support additions to the buildings, organize Indian School reunions and to preserve the heritage of this national historical site.
The Genoa Historical Museum is located on main street and houses the Allen B. Atkins Pawnee Indian Artifact Collection. Artifacts in this collection were found within a five mile radius of Genoa. Other features include collections of the Mormons and an exhibit of Genoa history.
For more information, write the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation, P.O. Box 279, Genoa, NE 68640. A booklet is available through this address entitled "Genoa Historical Stars." Information is also available from the Genoa City Office, P.O. Box 279, Genoa, Neb. 68640, or call (402) 993-2330.
The city's park covers 32 acres and has picnic shelters with barbecue grills, camping facilities with electrical hookups, playground equipment, heated swimming pool, two lighted ball diamonds, two sand volleyball courts and restrooms. Two unsupervised playgrounds have swings, merry-go-round, teetor-totters, slides and much more. Recreation programs for youth include summer swimming lessons and youth ball programs.
Annual celebrations in Genoa include the Easter Extravaganza, which includes an appearance by the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt; Pawnee Days, held in June or July, includes a demo derby, parade, pool games and a family fun night; fireworks display on July 4th; the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation exhibits from Memorial Day through Labor Day and holds an Indian School Reunion in August; Halloween carnival in October; and an old fashioned Christmas with Santa Claus in December.
The Pawnee Senior Center provides recreational programs for senior citizens. Noon meals are provided on Monday through Friday and an evening meal on Tuesdays. Various activities at the center include cards, bingo, band, and blood pressure clinics.
Providing the public with recreational opportunities is part of Loup Power District's mission. Loup's diversion dam, the Headworks, is located six miles west of Genoa on Nebraska Highway 22. It features a 10-acre recreation area with picnic areas, shelter, grills, restrooms, and 20- and 30-amp outlets. The sandy beach is a popular spot for swimmers and fishing is good. Weir Park, also at the Headworks, is a favorite for ATV and dirt bike riders. Weir Park features restrooms, grills, 20-amp outlets, area lights, and several water hydrants. ATV and dirt bike parking areas are designated. A biannual jamboree is held at this location by the Nebraska Off-Highway Vehicle Assocation. See www.nohva.com for more information.
Gerri Swanson, City Clerk ~ PO Box 279 ~ Genoa, NE 68640 ~ (402) 993-2330 ~ email@example.com