Historic Attractions

Bushwacker Museum

Bushwacker Museum
212 West Walnut

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.

(417) 667-9602

Old Jail

Old Jail
231 North Main

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.

(417) 667-9602

W.F. Norman Corp

W.F. Norman Corp
220 North Cedar

Founded in 1898, the only remaining manufacturer of metal ceilings, a “museum in operation”. Tours upon request.

(417) 667-5552

Radio Springs Park

Radio Springs Park
1100 S College St

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

(417) 448-5110

Cottey College

Cottey College
1000 W. Austin Blvd

A women’s college, owned by the PEO Sisterhood. Founded in 1884, a fine liberal arts campus.

(417) 667-8181


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.

Vernon County Courthouse

Vernon County Courthouse
Center Square

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


Deepwood Cemetery

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.

Victorian Tour

Nevada Victorian Tour

A historical driving tour of homes and landmarks with brochures and audio tapes available through the Chamber of Commerce

(417) 667-5300

Other “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 Baseball

 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