Custer County Historical Society Museum  

In our museum you'll find exhibits that provide a glimpse into 19th century life in Custer County. For example, a wonderful bit of Americana can be seen in the museum's large front room--a recreation of the Wescott, Gibbons, and Bragg General Merchandise Store of Comstock, Nebraska-complete with the most of the store's original display cases and merchandise.
The store was first established in 1886 in Westcott, Nebraska by Walter Wescott, a Wisconsin cattleman, who was later joined by son-in-laws Walter Gibbons and Charles Bragg. After the railroad came to the east side of the Middle Loup River, Walter is said to have slid his store across the ice to Comstock in December of 1899.
By 1912 a drug store had been built onto the original store, then operated by J. D. Rockhold. The pharmacy as it appeared in the Comstock store is also on display in our museum's front room.
In our newly remodeled second room, we include the famous Solomon Butcher gallery, music of 19th & 20th century, textile displays and a large military exhibit that includes artifacts, guns, and uniforms from Spanish American, WWI, WWII, and Vietnam wars.



How to Contact Us

Telephone (308) 872-2203, or write to:
  Attention: Curator
Custer County Historical Society, Inc.

Post Office Box 334
Broken Bow NE 68822

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When to Visit

During our winter hours (from Labor Day to Memorial Day) our museum and research center are open Monday - Friday from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. If you are planning a research trip, you may wish to call ahead for any special arrangements.

During our busy summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) we are open Monday - Friday from 10:00am - 4:00pm with the help of numerous volunteers. If you are planning a research trip, you may wish to call ahead for any special arrangements.

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Custer County Historical Society, PO Box 334, 445 S. 9th Avenue, Broken Bow, NE 68822 | 308-872-2203
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