Welcome to Johnstown, Nebraska
- Located in Historic Brown County -
Johnstown was the filming site for the CBS television movie O'Pioneers. Viewing the old-fashioned Main Street with board sidewalks is a trip down memory lane. Stop at Berry Park or try your hand at trout fishing in Plum Creek. There is also excellent turkey, deer, and duck hunting. Every Labor Day weekend Johnstown hosts the Brown County Fair and Rodeo.
Sixteen miles north on Norden road is the Niobrara Valley Preserve of the Nature Conservancy headquarters. It is a 50,000 acre area dedicated to preserving a unique biological crossroads of five ecological zones, including both Sandhills and Riverine ecologies. It has two self-guided hiking trails and a growing herd of bison for visitors to enjoy.
Two historical markers are located on Highway 20 between Ainsworth and Johnstown. One commemorates the only sod high school in Nebraska. The second marker notes Ainsworth Airbase, a significant base during World War II. The airbase, now utilized as a commercial airport, has the longest runway between Rapid City, South Dakota, and Omaha, Nebraska.
Christian worship and the sport of rodeo come together twice each summer at the Brown County Fair Grounds for Rodeo Bible Camp . From across the Midwest, youth, ages 13-18, gather for four days the last week of May, then ages 8-12 come together for three days the first week of June to learn or improve their rodeo skills and study bible lessons. Each day begins and ends with spiritual devotions. During the morning, clinics to conducted for individual rodeo events with a rodeo performance each afternoon. The camps conclude with awards to the top participants in rodeo events and bible studies.