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Cozad is located in Central Nebraska exactly on the 100th Meridian.

John J. Cozad was traveling west on the Union Pacific Railroad when he saw the "100th Meridian" sign. It impressed him as a favorable site for a town. Returning to Ohio, He organized a company of people which he brought to this location and founded the town named after him.

The 100th Meridian is an important natural demarcation line where "the humid east meets the arid west." Therefore you are now officially in the West, as proclaimed by the state of Nebraska.

To the east of the 100th Meridian, average annual precipitation is in excess of twenty inches. When an area receives more than twenty inches of precipitation, irrigation is often not necessary. Thus, this line of longitude represented the boundary between the non-irrigated east and irrigation-necessary west.

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100th Meridian Museum
206 East 8th Street
Cozad, NE 69130
Phone: 308-784-1100

Touring CoachVisit us soon, with doors open to the 100th Meridian Museum Memorial Day to Labor Day, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm or by appointment. Call 308-784-3930.
Explore the 100th Meridian Museum in historic downtown Cozad and enjoy the displays and exhibits that tell the stories of the rich heritage of the early settlers as well as presenting a portrayal of contemporary life.

Be sure to see the Concord touring coach that was used by William Howard Taft on a visit to Yellowstone Park. See original paintings, along with items from Nebraska Plastics and Monroe Auto, school books with autographs, the history of many businesses, tributes to veterans, the antique popcorn stand, a salute to the Cozad: Alfalfa Capital of the World, and an Olympic torch carried through Nebraska by the Pony Express on its way to Atlanta, GA.

We are situated right on the historic Lincoln Highway. The Lincoln Highway stretches across 3,389 miles. It's construction began in 1913 when a group of American industrialists envisioned a “continuous improved highway from the Atlantic to the Pacific, open to lawful traffic of all description, without toll charges, and to be a lasting memorial to Abraham Lincoln.” The Lincoln Highway signs mark the original route on 8th Street and along Highway 30 as part of the official route. An original Lincoln Highway concrete marker can be viewed in the museum window.

An official Pony Express Station is located just one block north of the museum in Veteran’s Memorial Park. It’s just another segment of Cozad history that must be seen!

Robert Henri Museum
208 East 8th Street
Cozad, NE 69130

Henri Museum

Come visit the Boyhood Home of Robert Henri, as you learn of the life and times of famed American

artist, Robert Henri. Henri had
a Nebraska connection which remained unknown until the 1950s. Born Robert Henry Cozad in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1865, he came to Dawson County, Nebraska at the age of eight. His father, John J. Cozad founded the town of Cozad in 1873. The outcome of a legal dispute with neighbors ended with a death and caused the elder

Cozad to leave Nebraska in 1882. His family soon followed. The family settled in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The father changed his name to Richard Henry Lee, and Robert and his brother posed as foster sons, taking the names Robert Henry (later Henri) and Frank Southern.

In 1886 Robert Henri enrolled in an art school in Philadelphia and then studied three years in Paris. After teaching in Philadelphia at the Woman’s School of Design, Henri returned to Paris and lived there several years. Henri taught at various academies and founded the Henri School. He was the leader of the “Ash Can” group who pioneered realistic paintings and who believed that artists should have freedom of expression in art. Henri died in New York City on July l2, 1929.


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Henri Prints & Cats Meow Collectibles

Open June thru September 10:00 to 5:00 Tuesday thru Saturday

Sundays & Holidays by Appointment
For Tours Contact The Henri Museum at 308-784-4154, located at 218 East 8th Street, Cozad, Nebraska or contact the Cozad Chamber of Commerce at 308-784-393. Visit them online at

Wilson Building Depot

The 100th longitudinal line west of Greenwich was the major goal set by Congress in building the first transcontinental railroad. Construction of the Union Pacific track reached the Meridian on October 5, 1866. A large signboard proclaiming the “100th Meridian 247 Miles From Omaha” stood for many years close to the track on the Meridian but finally disappeared, and in 1933 was replaced on the original site with a monument of native stone by the Cozad Chapter of the D.A.R.





Community Wellness Center
210 East 16th Street
Cozad, NE 69130
Phone: 308-784-5100

This 40,000 square foot facility provides all of the essentials needed for a healthy lifestyle.

The weight room has 15 circuit training machines, a free weight area, 12 cardiovascular machines, a walking/jogging track, a gymnasium with 2 full-size basketball courts, 2 multipurpose rooms, and private member’s locker rooms. Weight training and exercise classes are also available with variouslevels of intensity, along with basketball and volleyball leagues. Come in and check us out for an affordably healthy lifestyle.


Wilson Public Library
910 Meridian Avenue
Cozad, NE 69130
Phone: 308-784-2019
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 am – 7 pm
Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 1 pm

Wilson Public Library has a free public access computer lab for internet usage and free WI-FI throughout the building. In addition, theGenealogy Department has a public access computer with internet  capabilities as well as a microfiche readerfor microfilmed local newspapers dating back to the late 1800’s. Enjoy the latest area newspapers with job listings, over 28,000 books and magazines in air-conditioned, comfortable seating areas.

Public bathrooms with changing stations, a large children’s area and on-going book sale make the library an ideal place for families tostop. Color copying, scanning, printing and faxing are available to the public for a nominal fee. Patrons must have a Nebraska driver’s license with current local address to obtain a library card, enabling users to borrow numerous items. Cell phone use is allowed, though limited.


Cozad Country Club
Located one mile east and 1Ž4 mile north of Cozad on Highway 30 at 100 Country Club Drive.
Open 7 days a week.
Phone: 308-784-2585

Cozad Country Golf Club has an 18 Hole public golf course. For the avid golfer, this course is predominately flat, but there are a few hills that will cause uneven lies. The greens are fast and the fairways are lined with oak and cottonwood trees. There are creeks that flow through the course, which come into play several times.

We also have a practice range and greens, on–site meeting facilities, Pro Shop, Kitchen, Bar and Lounge.

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