Hastings, Nebraska

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Hastings is a city located in the south central portion of the present-day U.S. state of Nebraska.  Prior to invasions by those of European descent, this area was inhabited by both the Sioux and Pawnee peoples.  Sadly, despite heavy fighting against their settler occupiers, they were removed from this area.  The first people of European descent to pass through this previously open plain area was the Donner Party on its way to California in 1846.  As for the settlement of Hastings, Nebraska itself, this occurred in 1872 at the intersection of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad and the St. Joseph and Denver City Railroad.  The settlement was named in honor of Colonel D. T. Hastings of the St. Joseph and Grand Island Railroad, “who was instrumental in building the railroad through Adams County.”

Today, Hastings, Nebraska serves as the county seat for Adams County, Nebraska.  Additionally, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Hastings, Nebraska has a total population of 24,991 people.

Historically, the city of Hastings, Nebraska is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Kool-Aid.  Back in 1927, Edwin Perkins invented this drink in this town.  As a result of this, Hastings, Nebraska celebrates this event with the “Kool-Aid Days Festival” every August.

The city of Hastings, Nebraska is also known as the site of the Jacob Fisher Rainbow Fountain in Highland Park.  Hastings, Nebraska natives claim the Jacob Fisher Rainbow Fountain is the largest water fountain to be found between the cities of Chicago, Illinois and Denver, Colorado.  Originally built as a temporary exhibit for the 1932 Adams County Fair, it was first called the “Electric Fountain.”  It was invented by Edward R. Howard.  Interestingly, according to the Adams County Historical Society, the fountain developed into “a symbol of hope during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl…a competition among schoolchildren to rename it resulted in two winning names, which were combined: Rainbow Fountain, and Fisher Fountain, after Mayor Jacob Fisher.”  Although the original fountain was “dynamited by vandals in 1984,” it was rebuilt again and rededicated by 1985.

Hastings, Nebraska is also home to the art-deco Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History.  Established in 1927, this museum “is housed in a building funded by the Works Progress Administration…and [features exhibits concerning topics such as] Kool-Aid, natural history dioramas, local history, weapons, life of pioneers on the Plains, rocks, minerals, fossils, antique vehicles, coins, and a planetarium.”

Hastings, Nebraska was also home to the largest United States World War II naval munitions plant.  The Naval Ammunition Depot served the country from 1942 to 1946, and was then reactivated once more for the Korean War.  Now, however, this depot houses “a U.S. Department of Agriculture research station, training facilities for the National Guard and Reserves, an industrial park, Central Community College, and a golf course.”

Elsewhere, the city of Hastings, Nebraska boasts a plethora of parks.  These parks include, but are certainly not limited to the Aquacourt Water Park, the City Auditorium, Lake Hastings, Chautauqua Pavilion, Duncan Field, the Pioneer Spirit Trail, Brickyard Park Amphitheater, and Heartwell Lake.”

Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Hastings, Nebraska area?  Have you ever thought about becoming one?  If so, you need look no further.  Below, we have provided prospective small business owners such as yourself with an array of useful business resources:

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