The 1,000 residents of Arapahoe in Furnas County live and work surrounded by farmland, cattle pastures and scenic views of the Republican River Valley. The community’s roots stretch back to 1871 when a town site was surveyed between Elk Creek and Muddy Creek. The Arapahoe area is haven and home for people who hunt or fish. Pheasant, deer and wild turkey are hunted here. Anglers seek lunkers at nearby lakes such as Harlan County Reservoir and Johnson Lake. Medicine Creek Reservoir is also known as Harry Strunk Lake.

The spring “dances” of the greater prairies chicken can be observed late March through early May on privately-owned land, and on the south side of nearby Harlan County Reservoir. Hundreds of other bird species live here year-round or migrate through in spring and fall.

Learn more about Arapahoe by contacting the Arapahoe Chamber of Commerce at or (308) 962-7714.

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