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Historic Attractions

Bushwhacker Museum     

212 West Walnut            (417)667-9602
Located in the lower level of the Nevada Public Library, the museum houses many fine historical exhibits, including a replica of the Dr. J.T. Hornback house. Museum Open Wednesday thru Saturday, May 1st-October 31st 10-4p.m.

The Old Jail  

 231 North Main            (417)667-9602

Completed in its present form in 1871, the native sandstone building served as a jail until 1960! Authentically restored 19th century jail and Deputy’s living quarters.

W.F. Norman Corp      

220 North Cedar           (417)667-5552
Founded in 1898, the only remaining manufacturer of metal ceilings, a “museum in operation”. Tours upon request. 


Radio Springs Park

Located at the end of College Street, view and enjoy the popular resort of the late 1800’s.  Water from the springs was known for its “health-giving” qualities.

Murals, murals, and more murals

Historic murals embrace the walls of our City-County Community Center, 200 N. Ash as well as the City Council Chambers, 120 S. Ash, depicting local history.  Check out the South  wall of Heroes Restaurant building on the Square for The Lone Osage and The Depot, Drink Coca Cola, and The Hotel Mitchell along Cherry Street.

Cottey College   

1000  W. Austin Blvd         (417) 667-8181
A women’s college, owned by the PEO Sisterhood. Founded in 1884, a fine liberal arts campus.

Vernon County Courthouse   

Center Square
Built in 1908 of Carthage limestone, its style is Romansque Revival.  Listed on the National Historic Register.

Deepwood Cemetery        

S. Washington Street
Founded in 1868, this is the resting place of most of Nevada’s pioneers; Sen.Wm Joel Stone, Sen. S.A. Wight, and Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard. There’s also a special plot for Civil War veterans.

Nevada Victorian Tour                      (417)667-5300
A historical driving tour of homes and landmarks with brochures and audio tapes available through the Chamber of Commerce


Nevada/Vernon County “Must-See” Attractions:

 Bushwhacker Museum Heritage Center
 Bushwhacker Museum and Old Jail
 Nevada Victorian Homes Driving Tour
 Cottey College
 Vernon County Courthouse and Nevada Square
 W.F. Norman Corporation “Living Museum”
 Osage Indian State Historic Site
 Radio Springs Park
 Historic Murals Project
 Champion Baseball Diamonds
 Nevada Speedway
 Schell-Osage Wildlife Conservation Area
 Griffons Basebell
 Isaac Walton Pool and Recreational Area
 Cottey College’s Center for the Performing Arts
 Frank E. Peters Municipal Golf Course
 Four Rivers Conservation Area
 Prairie State Park
 Stockton Lake
 Nevada Country Club
 PEO Foundation Art Gallery
 Bushwhacker Lake Conservation Area
 Deepwood Cemetary (resting place of Vernon County founders and Alice Cottey)
 Fox Playhouse Theater
 August A. Busch Jr. Memorial Wetlands 

Posted by Dwight sutcliffe on 04-18-2016
The picture look nice
Posted by Deana Sanders on 11-26-2013
My Mother,Josephine Floyd was born in Nevada in 1912 and I have never been there. Just wanted to see a little of your town.I am in Mobile,Al.Hope to visit there someday.
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