Howard County is located north of Hall County in central Nebraska. St. Paul, population 2,300, is its largest community and county seat. It’s located about 25 miles north of Grand Island. Howard County is named after Union General Oliver Otis Howard.

The Howard County Historical Village in St. Paul includes historic buildings from the Howard County communities of Farwell , Cotesfield, St. Libory and St. Paul. Howard County also prides itself on baseball history. Grover Cleveland Alexander was born here. He grew up pitching around Elba and St. Paul before leaving to play professional baseball. A historical marker dedicated to the Hall of Fame pitcher stands in tribute in St. Paul City Park. Each July the county celebrates his memory with Grover Cleveland Alexander Days.

Learn more about Howard County by contacting the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce at stpaulnebraska.com or (308) 754-5558.

Discover Activities in Howard County

  • St. Paul City Park

    A historical marker dedicated to Grover Cleveland Alexander, a hall of fame pitcher born in Howard County, stands in tribute in St. Paul City Park. Playground equipment, a sandbox ...

  • St. Paul Waterpark

    The St. Paul Waterpark is complete with slides, diving platforms and fountains. This location near the St. Paul City Park is a great area for families, and is near ...

  • Miletta Vista Winery

    Visitors to Miletta Vista Winery in St. Paul enjoy relaxing pursuits. The only competition here is revealed in the prize-winning medals dangling from vintner Mick McDowell’s display bottles. ...

  • Grover Cleveland Alexander Days

    Grover Cleveland Alexander Days keeps memories of Howard County's native son and professional baseball player alive. The four-day festival in July includes a car show, quilt show, parades, dances, ...

  • The Scarecrow Patch

    Thousands of people head to St. Libory each autumn for a Halloween-ish good time at The Scarecrow Patch. Hayracks fill with pumpkin hunters hitching rides while the aroma of ...

  • Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball

    Baseball buffs score with visits to the Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball in St. Paul. Memorabilia about every Nebraskan to ever play big league baseball makes this a ...

  • Howard County Historical Village

    The Howard County Historical Village includes a blacksmith shop, railroad depot, the Farwell Lutheran Church, St. Libory School and the Cotesfield Post Office. The scenic location is across the ...

  • Tubby’s Firehouse Museum

    Tubby’s Firehouse Museum in St. Paul includes firefighter Ron Tubbs’ lifetime collection of firefighting equipment. The assemblage dates to the American Civil War and is housed in the ...

  • St. Paul Sweet Shoppe

    Sweet Shoppe

    Alice Osterman has a fire extinguisher cookie jar and 1,566 others in her Sweet Shoppe cafe in St. Paul. After feasting your eyes on the impressive collection, feast on huge ...

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