McCook the Capital of the Buffalo Commons

McCook, located in the Republican River valley of southwest Nebraska, is the Capital of the Buffalo Commons. It’s a place where families have lived and thrived for generations, as evidenced by the successful transition of eateries, farms, ranches and other businesses. It’s a place where families share a “secret” fishing hole, the opening of Mule Deer season is a holiday, and improving scores at Heritage Hills Golf Course is a badge of honor. It is also a place where, in 1905, a family took a chance on an innovative architect and built the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Nebraska.


McCook is a small town with a creative soul. Sculptures have places of prominence in the community and area artists display their works in galleries. Live music is certainly alive with concerts in the Norris Park Band Shell, listening room events and weekly summer performances at the marina at Hugh Butler Lake. Through summer festivals, such as the Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival, Red Willow County Fair and Heritage Days, McCook shares the history and rural lifestyle of our region.

The “foodie” in you will not be disappointed when you visit McCook. The “Go To” places for the locals include a from-scratch bakery that also serves lunch, an Italian restaurant and deli that will make you question where you are (it’s that good!), and a brew pub with brick oven pizza, located in a renovated railroad ice house. Enjoy the perks of being in cattle country with steak houses that feature Nebraska beef aged to perfection, or a drive-in that still has carhops, grinds their own hamburger, and cuts their own fries. Hungry yet?

Get off the interstate and discover all of the great things that make McCook the Capital of the Buffalo Commons.

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