McCook, Nebraska

McCook is a small city situated in Nebraska. Despite its small size, McCook has grown into a well-known tourist destination. The city has its decent share of history and culture that brings its people together and welcomes new visitors. 

Geography And Climate Of McCook

Cyclical Tornadic supercell in between Tornadoes near McCook, Nebraska
Cyclical Tornadic supercell in between Tornadoes near McCook, Nebraska. 

McCook is a small city situated in Red Willow County in the southwestern part of the US State of Nebraska. The city lies along the Republican River, only 15 miles north of the Kansas state line. McCook is 70 miles away from North Platte, one of the biggest cities in Nebraska; 284 miles from Omaha, 228 miles to Lincoln, and 287 from Bellevue, which are other major cities in the state. McCook is mainly constituted of flat surfaces made of dry prairies. The most significant landform in the city is the Republican River which flows to the east and the southeast toward Kansas. The city covers an area of 13.98 sq. km with an elevation of 784m above sea level. According to the Earthquake index, McCook has an index of 0.13 which is more than the state's average and less than the US average of 1.81. Tornadoes, however, are more likely to happen in the city than anywhere in the US, with an index of 138.27.

McCook's climate is considered a combination between humid continental and humid subtropical climates. The summers are hot and humid, while the winters are cold and dry. The town witnesses 222 days of sun, more than the US average of 205 days. As for the precipitation, Rainfalls reach an annual average of 22 inches, whereas snowfall is about 25 inches. The rainiest month in the city is in May, with nine days of rain and the driest month is January, with only 2.4 days of rain. 

History Of McCook

Before the city was established, few Indian settlements were in the area. In 1882, the Quincy Railroad Company and the Lincoln Land Company agreed to build a new railroad center midway between Omaha and Denver. As a result, this center became the gathering of several businesses and homeowners. Years later, this railroad center grew and started to form a community. The town's people decided to name the city after General Alexander McDowell McCook, who served in the Union army for 43 years. The first community to be established was constituted of farmers and cattle owners. However, after World War II, the city's economy changed to rely more on manufacturing. The McCook Community College was the foremost college to be established in 1926. 

The Population And Economy Of McCook

The population in McCook reached 7,590 in 2018. Females represent 51.8% of the people, while Males represent 48.2%. There are 6,920 white people in the city, which is 21.5 times more than any other ethnicity. The remaining ethnicities are represented by Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, Native Americans, and two or more races. Mexico is the number one birthplace of foreign-born residents, followed by people born in Guatemala and India

Various industries contribute to the economy, led by the Health Care sector, Retail trade, and Manufacturing. The highest-paying jobs are held by people in the Technology sector, such as computer engineers who are paid more than $75,000 as an annual salary. Other top-paying industries are Finance and healthcare, which pay more than $65,000 as a yearly salary. The economy in McCook is not bad compared to other cities in the state. The median household income is about $48,100, which is still much less than the US average of $65,712. The median income is also close to $44,473. Although McCook is not a large city, 10.2% of the population are below the poverty line, especially the Females between 18 and 24, females between 35 and 44, and males between 25 and 34. It is common to find people employed in the office and administration sector or the sales sector. Traditional industries such as Forestry, Fishing, and Agriculture still exist in the town. 

Attractions In McCook

Museum of the High Plains

This museum attracts many visitors every year. It showcases artifacts and items that reflect WWII, such as an airbase and a German prison camp. It also contains antique cars and appliances, American Indian artifacts, and other items of historical value.

Heritage Hills Golf Club

The town has a beautiful and well-groomed four-tees gold course surrounded by scenic hills, gorges, wetlands, and beautiful wildlife. The course offers golf lovers an attractive, calm, and warm ambiance.

Senator George Norris State Historic Site

George Norris was a prolific figure in the 1900s. He was responsible for altering the way of life in this town and transforming it from rural to urban. He also contributed to bringing electric power to this area using the Rural Electrification Act. He is now commemorated by preserving his home which is showcased as a museum for people to see.

McCook Art Guild

Art has its stake in McCook. The McCook Art Guild, which was established in the 1960s, houses prospective artists from all over the region. It holds summer camps, art competitions, workshops, and teaching seminars. Art enthusiasts will find this place to be an excellent destination to visit.