Broken Bow, population 3,500, is the largest community in Custer County. It was founded in the 1880s, but the settlement really took off with the passage of the 1904 Kinkaid Act. Named for a shattered Pawnee bow, the town’s history (and a fragment of the infamous bow) is preserved at the Custer County Museum. Historic downtown Broken Bow is home to interesting architecture and the Kinkaider Brewing Co., where beer names honor regional history. One of the brews is named for Broken Bow sod house photographer Solomon Butcher. The community is also known for its century-old Tom Butler Memorial Bandstand in Broken Bow’s City Square Park.

Learn more by contacting the Custer County Economic Development Corporation at (308) 870-5012.

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  • Custer County Museum

    The only remaining fragment of the Native American bow that Broken Bow is named for is preserved at the Custer County Museum. The nearly treeless sand hills provided little ...

  • Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Visitor Center

    The historic red barn on Broken Bow’s eastern edge was once a big white barn on the west. Golf carts were stored in the 150-year-old barn before it ...

  • Kinkaider Brewing Co

    A new kitchen means Kinkaider Brewing Co. toasts great tastes of both their food and beer. The brewery name honors the people who settled Custer County following the passage ...

  • Wild Rose Art Gallery

    The Wild Rose Art Gallery features the works of regional artists. Farm and ranch life, and the scenic Sandhills, are common subjects depicted. The gallery is located in the ...

  • The Tumbleweed Café

    The Tumbleweed Café is one of those places you see full of local cowboys and farmers so you know it’s good. There is nothing fancy here. The cups ...

  • Bonfire Grill

    Ambiance and gourmet meals are served at the Bonfire Grill. Executive Chef Trenton Hunt’s menu includes standouts such as pomegranate walnut chicken. The Rigatoni Vodka is pasta tossed ...

  • Broken Bow Country Club

    Golf carts cruise Broken Bow Country Club at Highway 2 and Memorial Drive. Challenges include tree-lined fairways and bunkers. Carts and a snack bar are available on the par-36 course. ...

  • Melham Park

    The highlight of Melham Park is its 5-acre fishing lake. There is also a picnic shelter, restrooms, bike path and a walking trail. The Olympic-size swimming pool is heated. ...

  • Tomahawk Park

    The town with a broken Native American bow also has a fully functional Tomahawk Park. This spacious park includes four picnic shelters, lighted sports fields, a playground, RV hook-ups ...

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