Buffalo County Historical Society/Trails and Rails Museum has wonderful events and contests throughout the year to help engage the community, garner support, and preserve the history of Buffalo County! Yearly events include our Wagons West Celebration, our Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon, 5K and 10K, From Beyond the Grave, and our Christmas Tree Walk. Other events hosted by BCHS include public and private ghost hunts/tours, walking tours through our historical buildings, Fabulous Friday programs and so much more!



The Fabulous Friday program, every second Friday of the month at Brookdale Kearney Northridge (5410 17th Ave.), features various guest speakers about Buffalo County's history. Organized by Mary Beth Lowe, Janice Martin, Vicki Bissell, and Sharon Martin, these free programs are made available to the public as part of our mission to continue telling Buffalo County history. Because of the COVID - 19 Pandemic, these programs are month to month and may be subject to change. Please stay tuned to our "BuffaloCounty HistoricalSociety" Facebook page.



Buffalo County is rich in art and culture! From professionals to amateurs, Buffalo county has a wide array of many different artists, musicians, photographers, and performers alike.


This display is continually changing and being added to. Come check out this display from the extensive BCHS archives!




As most people in Kearney know, we are reported to be haunted. If you have ever wanted to experience signs from the afterlife, such as voices, smells, touches from unseen hands, footsteps then taking part in one of our Ghost Hunts might be for you!


We offer Ghost Hunts frequently, especially in October. Dates and times are subject to the preferences of guests and guide availability.


See the registration form for more information! 


3rd Annual

Date yet to be determined! Keep an eye out for location, times, dates, and historic persons as this program typically fall in and around one of the first few weekends in October!

2020 2nd annual From Beyond the Grave- Fannie and William Thornton came to Buffalo County Nebraska as one of the earliest pioneers to the area. They both came to Thornton township with their parents and siblings, at a young age, for the good farmland and other economic opportunities promoted from the eastern half of the United States. Fannie Borders and William Thornton grew up together as neighbors before they wed in 1881. As a teacher, Fannie immersed herself in education and became a teacher while William continued farming in some of the worst of times.  


34th Annual

First two weekends in December (4th & 5th and 11th & 12th) and the week in between (6-10) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thus, this is a nine-day event! *** Saturday, December 4th from 12-1 p.m.


Members-Only Preview of the 34th annual Christmas Tree Walk***-check out dozens of trees decorated by area not-for-profits that tie their mission into this next year’s theme "The Art of Christmas." If you or your organization is wanting to decorate a tree for the Christmas Tree Walk, please feel to reach out to us and keep an eye out for a registration form!

We are also encouraging individuals to take part in decorating a mini-tree/wreath for a silent bid auction benefiting the museum! We have a variety of several MINI – TREES and now WREATHS for anyone interested in decorating a tree benefiting the Trails & Rails Museum.


We will provide the tree/wreath and a strand of lights. You will then decorate the tree however you see fit and bring it back no later than December 3rd!




SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2021


7:00 a.m. – Half marathon start time

7:15 a.m. – 10K & 5K start time

Wheel Chair race times for the Half Marathon, 10K & 5K races are separate categories but will begin at the same time with the other runners.



(In-person and Virtual)

In-Person Race Day Info 

Course: A loop course on the Hike & Bike Trail and city streets. A relatively flat course with minor elevation changes at two overpasses. 

The race begins and ends at the Trails & Rails Museum: 710 West 11 Street, Kearney, Neb


  • Medals to all 5K, 10K & half marathon finishers

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place awards by age group for men’s and women’s divisions in each event

  • First man and woman overall in the half marathon also receive trophies and free entry into the 2022 Buffalo County Stampede


Virtual Race Info

Must run between June 1st - 13th to receive additional race swag and medal.


Course & Times: You can run from anywhere as long as the distance and time are submitted by June 13th at 5 p.m. Submit times and distances to either by email or to the “BuffaloCountyStampede” Facebook page.


Awards/Swag: All participants receive a t-shirt, participation medal, and additional Stampede Swag for the virtual race. There is no place awards for the virtual races.


The 36th annual Wagons West Celebration is a great family and FREE event! Traditionally, visitors may peruse through the many buildings on the grounds and take part in some of the great pioneer crafts.


This event may change due to COVID-related Directed Health Measures per last year's Reverse Parade.