About Callaway

Situated in the heart of the scenic seven valleys region of central Nebraska, Callaway is located 65 miles northwest of Kearney on Highway 40 or 45 miles north of the Lexington exit on Interstate 80. Callaway has a rich past and a promising future. Friendly people and a small town hospitality make Callaway the cozy community that it is.

What are the Seven Valleys?

Callaway’s motto is the "Heart of the Seven Valleys". "Seven Valleys" refers to the Seven Valleys that surround Callaway: James, Turner, Brown, Rye, Sand, (South) Loup, and Wood Valley.

There is handy poem that was written to assist with learning and remembering the Seven Valleys: James Turner Brown planted Rye in the Sandbar between the South Loup and Wood Rivers.

Approximate Locations:

  • James – south on the Cozad Road (by golf course), between James Valley and Redfern Table
  • Turner – straight north of Callaway
  • Brown – south on Cozad Road between Sand (on highway 40 west of Callaway) and James Valley
  • Rye – west of Sand Valley before the curve of Highway 40 (Ridder Ranch)
  • Sand – west of Callaway about 3 – 5 miles
  • (South) Loup (River) – east of town on Ryno Road
  • Wood River – between Callaway and Oconto (Highway 40 follows the valley)

Activities in Callaway

Kite Flight

Each Labor Day Weekend, a 200-acre prairie just a few miles down the road from Callaway is transformed into an amazing site with a dazzling array of kites and an entry way lined with 27 state flags and 19 national flags. Talk about a visual display!

Pioneer Picnic

The town has sponsored a "Pioneer Picnic" almost every year since. The Alumni, Rodeo Club, and other local groups have joined together to make it a memorable occasion and fun for the entire family.

For what Callaway has to offer as a destination, a home, and a business headquarters, Visit Callaway!

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