From striking architectural structures and humble prairie homes to the lives of Nebraska's leading political minds, McCook offers over 100 years of history deeply rooted in agriculture, the railroad and the spirit of the American pioneer.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Sutton House
Designed by one of America's most influential and visionary architects, 602 Norris Avenue is one of the few homes west of the Mississippi River designed by the internationally renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. The Sutton House is an example of Wright's earlier designs reflecting his famous and distinctive prairie style, in which he blended the design of the home with its natural surroundings. This fabulous home may be viewed on the corner of Norris Avenue and West F Street in McCook. Private Residence.
Heritage Square Historical Walking Tour
Visit McCook's beautiful historic district on the Heritage Square Walking Tour, and you'll experience a taste of Nebraska's past. The tour spans a 10-block area near downtown McCook, displaying a variety of architectural styles from the late 1800s & early 1900s. Your journey begins by picking up the Heritage Square Walking Tour brochure at the Museum of the High Plains, then moves on to include the home of Governor Ralph G. Brooks, the Boyhood Home of Governor & U.S. Senator E. Benjamin Nelson, the home of Governor Frank B. Morrison, the Senator George W. Norris State Historic Site, the Norris Bandshell, Frank Lloyd Wright's Sutton House and other historical landmarks.
Historic Downtown McCook
A landmark of its own, Historic Downtown McCook is lined with striking buildings rich in their own history, providing an enjoyable atmosphere reminiscent of the times in which the town experienced its growth as a booming railroad town. The historic brick streets invite you to stroll our shops and restaurants aligning the downtown area. And during our annual cultural festivals and events, Downtown thrives with activity.
Museum of the High Plains & Carnegie Library
Learn about Nebraska's early pioneers and life on the American prairie. The Museum at 421 Norris Avenue offers something for everyone with displays of authentic pioneer artifacts from the 1870s, the history of the American railroad, the Daughters of the American Revolution and more. Political exhibits cover Senator George W. Norris and the three former governors from McCook: Frank B. Morrison, Ralph G. Brooks and U.S. Senator E. Benjamin Nelson. An extensive collection of photographs provides an interesting glance into Nebraska History. Open Tues-Sat, 1-5. 308-345-3661
Senator George W. Norris Home
Built in 1886, 706 Norris Avenue was where Senator George W. Norris (1861-1944) made his home in McCook from 1899 to 1944. One of the great independent politicians of American public life, Norris represented Nebraska for nearly 40 years in the U.S. Congress. Elected in 1903, he served 10 years in the House of Representatives. In 1913, he was elected a U.S. Senator from Nebraska and served another 30 years devoted to developing public ownership of utilities. Learn more about Senator Norris in this beautifully preserved home. State and National Historic Site. Open for Tours: Thurs & Fri, 1-5; Every other Saturday. Call for appointment 308.345.8484.