What you can learn at the Museum of the High Plains is nearly endless!

Summer Adventures

  • Scavenger Hunt
    Explore the Museum of the High Plains by taking a scavenger hunt through the buildings and displays. Stop at the Reception Desk for the most current quest. Happy hunting!
  • Field Trip Across McCookPDF download with more info
    Students in 4th through 6th grades are invited to visit four sites in McCook to do activities, take pictures and get their passports stamped. Those completing their passports are eligible to win up to $100 in Gift Cards.

Field Trips

  • Programs for Schools, Homeschools and Groups
    We offer customized experiences to enrich and expand the curriculum that students are learning in the classroom.


Photo: Drug Store


The Museum of the High Plains is a repository of a wealth of information on all aspects of the history of Red Willow County, its citizens, organizations and communities.

Research documents are available on site and others available online. If you have an interest in a specific topic please contact us.

County Fair memories are different for everyone. 4-H and FFA members, and their families, who are caring for livestock during the Fair will have a different experience than those that look forward to the Midway and concerts. Do you plan a stop at one of the church food booths to check on the type of pie available? Or is a stop at the Lion’s BINGO booth a must for you?

Follow the above link for a history of the Red Willow County Fair, beginning with its origins in Indianola. This history is a review of historical document, family resources and personal reflections of the author, Jerda (Thompson) Garey Vickers, with the intention of revisions with additions and documentation from you, the reader. Please contact us at HighPlainsHistorical@gmail.com with your memories of the Red Willow County Fair.