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Oak View Ranch was started by John Pospishil back in 1912. John was an ambituous person. Nearing retirement in Bloomfield, Nebraska John built The Pospeshil theater in 1904 with bricks from a machine of his own design. Bored with the city life, John traded The Pospishil theater in 1908 for 1,720 acres northwest of Orchard, NE. With his brick machine in-tow he started developing the Oak View Ranch. The brick house John built with the aid of his patented brick machine was listed in Ripley's BELIEVE IT OR NOT" in 1934. The unique rubber-suction facer of his brick machine constructed no two bricks alike. It was reported in Ripley's BELIEVE IT OR NOT! that if you could find any two of the 11,00 bricks in his house to be alike John would give you the house. John never gave his house away.

The Oak View Ranch became two enterprises, one was called Oak View Park while the other remained Oak View Ranch. The Oak View Ranch is primarily located west of Oak View Park. Today Oak View Ranch is managed by Elaine Uhlir and sons, Darin and Brian Uhlir. Oak View Park is managed by Dave and Deb Hansen and is the location for Oak View Beef.

Oak View Park opened to the public on August 28th & 29th, 1926. The park provided camping, bathing, boating, dancing, ball games, a rodeo, a children's playground and cabins. A double arched gate located along 512th avenue greeted people with a "WELCOME TO OAK VIEW PARK". On the other side of the double arch the words "THANK YOU COME AGAIN" heralded visitors as they left the park.

On July 4th, 1927 The Frontier newspaper reported "that at least fifteen thousand people and four thousand cars were on the Oak View Park grounds. Many people reported "they really enjoyed the day, and also say that the park is a beauty spot and well conducted place free from roudyism."

Among the many attractions at Oak View Park were a 16-sided dance pavillion, a band stand, a large swimming pool and a ball field. Today only remnants of the dance pavillion, swimming pool and ball field bleachers exist.