Historic Walking Tours
Douglas has a rich history as a storied western town. History enthusiasts can take advantage of three unique walking tours depicting a selection of historic homes, commercial buildings, and cemetery plots.
Historic Residences of Douglas
The Historic Residences of Douglas tour features 18 homes in the stately tree-accented north side of town.
Downtown Buildings Tour
The downtown buildings tour highlights 25 storied downtown structures, constructed between 1886 and 1926 that show a cross-section of early city business enterprise.
Downtown Douglas Architecture Scavenger Hunt
The historic buildings downtown display a wealth of hidden and not-so-hidden architectural feature treasures. See how many of these you can find.
Douglas Park Cemetery Tour
The Douglas Park Cemetery is home to a colorful cast of individuals who were instrumental in making early Douglas what it was, and still is, today.
Before the railroad announced the exact location of what would become Douglas, the tent town of Antelope arose to the north in anticipation. The adjacent graveyard on “Poverty Flats” served the community of Douglas for sixteen years until the City acquired the land for the present-day cemetery. The stories of those interred there give a glimpse into life on the developing frontier.
Railroad Interpretive Center
Douglas was born out of the westward expansion of the railroads, with the first train arriving in 1886. The passenger depot for the Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley Railroad, built that same year, is the centerpiece for a collection including an impressive steam locomotive built in 1940 and six historic rail cars donated by various railroads dating from 1884 to 1950.
History buffs may pick up guide books for the tours at the Visitor’s Center, City Hall,
Pioneer Museum, or at County Clerks Office (Court House).