Founded: 1871, Population: 1778 (1990), Elevation: 1554 feet, Osborne is located in Osborne County
, (County Seat), and north of I-70. The valley of the Solomon river is a natural route to the west, and as a result, railroads have been and still are important economic factors. To the northeast lies Waconda Lake
and Glen Elder State Park
. The Solomon River
runs west to east through Osborne. Four major lakes are within 40 miles of Osborne and the rolling countryside is alive with pheasants and deer, making the area a sportsman's paradise.
Osborne has built a new city library, but the 1912 Carnegie library still stands; it's on the national registry of historic places. The Osborne County Historical Museum is housed in an old depot and an old school on the north edge of town. The county courthouse in Osborne, built in 1907-1908, is unbelievably ornate. Plan to spend some time studying the carvings.