Byway 136 – Heritage Highway is committed to promoting Tourism along the southern border of Nebraska.


The 10 counties along Highway 136 and the seven corridor counties offer many attractions, festivals and events for families looking to attend activities year round.  The 10 Byway 136 Counties are Nemaha, Johnson, Gage, Jefferson Thayer, Nuckolls, Franklin, Webster, Harlan and Furnas.  The seven Corridor Counties are Dundy, Hitchcock, Otoe, Pawnee, Red Willow, Richardson and Saline.

Our current big event is the Trail of Treasures (patterned after Junk Jaunt) which is held the first weekend in October. This year of 2019 will be the 8th year for the event. This is a huge Flea Market, Garage Sale Event drawing people from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, South Dakota, Minnesota and other states.


We are also working on “Trail of Authors, Arts and Architecture” and Trail of Photos to help promote Tourism and make the Byway area of Southern Nebraska a tourist destination.

We encourage you to join our organization by offering four different levels called Trailblazers (Re-blaze the Trail).  Pioneer Trailblazer – $50; Dream Weaver Trailblazer – $75; Pathfinder Trailblazer – $100; and Destination Trailblazer – $150. Individuals can join for $25. Increased membership will offer the Byway opportunities to assist member communities with their various projects.

Our official website is  Our Facebook page is

If you have any questions or would like to make comments, please email or call/or text 402-335-0745 or you can use snail mail at P.O. Box 59, Tecumseh, NE 68450.



Judy Coe

2019 Byway 136 Trailblazers/Members


$150 – Destination Trailblazers

Deer Creek Sodbusters
72973 610 Avenue, Sterling, NE 68443
Phone: 402-239-2307
See history come alive at the Deer Creek Sodbusters show, Sunday August 11,  4 ½ miles south of Sterling.  Flag Raising – 8:00;  Outdoor Church Service –  8:15; Guest Speaker – 11:30; Parade – 1:00.  See steam engine, gas engines, antique tractors, trucks and automobiles.  Also threshing, corn shelling, sawmill, blacksmithing, craft show, flea market and much more.


Merchants of Brownville
Box68, Brownville, NE 68321
Phone: 402-825-1240
Brownville, Nebraska…..where History, Music, Theater, Nature, and Art flourish! Looking for a unique getaway in a charming historic town? Brownville, Nebraska should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Founded in 1854, Brownville continues to provide its residents and visitors with an assortment of things to see and do. The height of our Tourist season is from mid-May to mid-October with special events scheduled throughout the year. Be sure to check the monthly calendar for upcoming events, shops and museums for individual hours or call 402-825-1240 for quick tour information.

$100 – Pathfinder Trailblazers

Webster County Historical Museum
721 w. 4th Avenue, PO Box 464, Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone: 402-746-2444
OPEN: April 1-October 30, 1:00-5:00 p.m. every day, except Mondays and Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day & July 4th.
Housed in a beautiful mansion and two other buildings, you will find Webster County heritage in displays and exhibits. A Genealogy department is also available.

Homestead National Monument
8523 W State Hwy 4, Beatrice, NE 68310
Phone: 402-223-3514
The National Park Service site commemorates the Homestead Act of 1862. Homestead National Monument of America is open daily, except for Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1 – and is FREE to visit. World-class facilities, family interactive museums, historic structures, hiking trails, and picnic areas are available.

Pawnee City Historical Society and Museum
529 P Street, Pawnee City, NE 68420
Phone: 402-852-3131
The museum complex has over twenty buildings, including a genealogy resource center, six country schoolhouses, a log cabin, the US Senator Wherry Library, the Whitney barn, and the home of Nebraska’s first governor. Artifacts are on display from all of Pawnee County.

Pawnee County Promotional Network
1041 5th Street, Pawnee City, NE 68420
Phone: 402-82-2444
PCPN has been working to improve Pawnee County by promoting tourism, economic development, historic preservation, cultural events, and educational projects for over 25 years. From grant writing and coordinating multi-county promotions to supporting the local communities, special projects, and nonprofit organizations, PCPN strives to help our neighbors help themselves.

$75 – Dream Weaver Trailblazers

Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre
307 S. 7th Street, P.O. Box 253, Wymore, Ne 68466
Phone: 402-432-3656


The National Willa Cather Center
413 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone: 402-746-2653      Fax: 402-746-2652

$50 – Pioneer Trailblazers

Gage County Historical Society:  101 North 2nd, Box 793, Beatrice, NE 68310

Rightway Grocery:  601 15th Avenue, Box 302, Franklin, Ne 68939

Brownville Historical Society: P.O. Box 1, Brownville, Ne 68321


$50 – Pioneer Trailblazers

Midwest Bank
701 4th Street, Deshler, NE 68340


$50 – Pioneer Trailblazers

Peru State College
600 Hoyt Street, P.O. Box 10, Peru, NE 68421


$100 – Pathfinder Trailblazers

River Inn Resort & Spirit of Brownville
72898 648A Ave, Brownville, NE 68321
Phone: 402-825-6441
This quaint, 18-room floating B&B is set on a boat in the Missouri River, a 4-minute walk from the town of brownville and 9 minutes drive from Interstate Highway 29. Modest rooms offer WiFi access, climate control, private bathrooms and HDTVs. Breakfast included.


Gandy House Bed & Breakfast
715 5th Street, Humboldt, NE 68376
Phone: 402-862-3278
Duaine and Sandy Stalder invite you one block north of Humboldt’s Historic City Square to their delightful two-story Arts and Crafts house built in the 1890s. Relax with a large sunroom, front porch, or by the native stone wood fireplace. Antique lighting fixtures and dark woodwork featured throughout the house with Wifi.


Red Cloud Bed & Breakfast at The Kaley House
909 North Seward Street – P.O. Box 228
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone: 402-746-8300
Beautifully restored 1886 Victorian. 3 bedrooms with private baths. Named one of Nebraska’s “Perfect for a Getaway” B&B’s. Wonderful accommodation for visiting Historic Red Cloud and the Willa Cather sites.

$75 – Dream Weaver Trailblazers

Arbor Manor Steakhouse & Motel
1617 Central Avenue, Auburn, NE 68305
Phone: 403-274-3663


$75 – Dream Weaver Trailblazers

Filley Bar & Grill
200 Livingston Street, Filley, NE 68357
Phone: 402-662-3006, Email:


$75 – Dream Weaver Trailblazers

Whiskey Run Creek Winery
702 Main, P.O. Box 97, Brownville, NE 68321
Phone: 402-825-4601, Email:


$25 – Trailblazers

Beth Kernes Krause
Julian, Nebraska 68379

Judy Jean Coe
Tecumseh, Nebraska 68450