“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Kearney in Buffalo County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Historic Kearney

Historic Kearney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 29, 2011
1. Historic Kearney Marker
Inscription. In 1847 Brigham Young led the first migration over the Mormon Trail along the north bank of the Platte River, and in 1866 the Union Pacific Railroad pushed its main line westward to this valley, bringing pioneer settlers. However, it was not until 1871 when the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad fixed the junction point of its line with the Union Pacific that a townsite was established here.

The village of Kearney Junction was platted in the summer of 1871 and the junction of the two railroads was completed on September 18, 1872. In the fall of 1873, a bridge was completed across the Platte, connecting Kearney with the rapidly developing areas to the south. The City of Kearney was incorporated on December 3, 1873 and became the county seat of Buffalo County in 1874.

Kearney developed rapidly as an industrial, agricultural, and cultural center. The railroads and the promise of industry offered by the new Kearney Canal, which was completed in 1886, brought many investors from the East, and by 1892 the population reached the 10,000 mark. This golden era launched the Kearney Cotton Mill, the famed 1733 Ranch, a splendid five-story opera house, and on of the state’s first electric street railways.
Erected by Kearney Centennial Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number

Historic Kearney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 29, 2011
2. Historic Kearney Marker
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 41.12′ N, 99° 5.418′ W. Marker is in Kearney, Nebraska, in Buffalo County. Marker is at the intersection of West 11th Street and 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West 11th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kearney NE 68845, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shelton Union Pacific Depot (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baldwin Engine 481 (about 600 feet away); Loup River Freighter Hotel (about 600 feet away); German Baptist Church of the Brethren (about 700 feet away); Boyd House (about 700 feet away); Kearney: From the Beginning (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Bauer Drug (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Oregon Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kearney.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Historic Kearney Time Capsule image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 29, 2011
3. Historic Kearney Time Capsule
Kearney Centennial Time Capsule 1873-1973 Dedicated June 30, 1973 To be opened June 30, 2023 Sponsored by—Fort Kearney Chapter DAR Capsule Conators Marker Dobberstein Roofing, Worley Monuments
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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