The Burwell Legion Club
Located on the corner of North 7th and
one block East of the Square
The Burwell Legion Club has a long and illustrious past in the community of Burwell. The Burwell Clifford Clark, American Legion Post #298 received it's charter from the national organization on May 19, 1921. The Burwell veterans' organization was founded by G.B. Flagg. S. O. Mitchell served as the first commander and G.B. Flagg the first adjutant. The application for a post charter was signed in Burwell on April 30, 1921 and at Department Headquarters on May 16, 1921. The department commander at the time of the signing was Robert G. Simmons. Simmons later became the chief justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court. The Legion post had 36 members in 1921.
The building, located on the corner of North 7th and G street, was constructed in 1947 by local veterans returning from World War II. It is rumored that a considerable amount of celebration occurred during the construction of the Legion Post and the atmosphere of celebration has carried on throughout it's years of operation.
The Legion Club operated in the early years as a "bottle club" for veterans only and the actual date that the dining and lounge area opened to public use is unavailable. The upper portion of the Legion Club has served as a roller skating area, dance hall, bingo parlor, as well as hosting thousands of wedding receptions, public and organizational meetings, card parties, craft fairs, auctions, fund raising events, calcuttas, post-prom parties, baseball and golf fun nights and served as the location of the Blood Mobile for many years.
The Legion Club has always been the "place to be" during the Burwell Rodeo, with the legendary greats of rodeo making regular appearances during the famed week meeting and mingling with the locals and fans for a good meal and relaxation. The tradition continues today with the addition of a public beer garden on the west side of the building during the week of the Burwell Rodeo to help accommodate the hundreds of people that attend the dances held nightly during the festivities. New Year's Eve and the Mother's Day and Easter Buffets are also traditional busy times for the staff of the Legion Club.
The dining room and lounge at Burwell Legion Club is open six days a week from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dancing to live music in the upper level is available monthly and for special events and occasions. Bingo is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. in the upper level. The Burwell Legion Club offers fine dining and continues it's tradition of celebration and serving as a community meeting place as it has since 1947.
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