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

Saunders County

Saunders County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joan Shurtliff, January 19, 2015
1. Saunders County Marker
Inscription.  Saunders County was originally Oto Indian territory, and a large earthlodge village under Chief Itan was located here during the early historic period. Later, the Pawnee established villages in the area and in 1855 held peace conferences with General John M. Thayer.

The Ox-Bow Trail, the primary route from Nebraska City to Fort Kearny in 1845-1859, passed through this area. Pioneers first settled here in 1856 and 1857. The county's organization was approved in 1867 and the county seat located at Ashland. Wahoo was surveyed three years later and became the county seat in 1873. The origin of the name "Wahoo" is uncertain, but it is probably derived from an Oto word.

In 1883 Swedish settlers in Wahoo established a school which eventually became Luther Junior College. When Luther merged with Midland College in Fremont, the Wahoo campus was sold. In 1965 it became the site of John F. Kennedy College.

Among Wahoo's prominent native sons are artist Clarence W. Anderson, geneticist and Nobel Prize winner George Beadle, baseball player "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, composer Howard Hanson and motion picture producer Darryl F. Zanuck.

Saunders County Courthouse. image. Click for full size.
By Joan Shurtliff, January 19, 2015
2. Saunders County Courthouse.
Lions Club
Historical Land Mark Council
US 30 A & 77, Wahoo
Saunders County
Marker 82

Erected by Wahoo Lions Club; Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 82.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 41° 12.57′ N, 96° 37.37′ W. Marker is in Wahoo, Nebraska, in Saunders County. Marker is on North Chestnut Street (U.S. 30A&77) south of West 5th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located southeast of the Saunders County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 433 N. Chestnut Street, Wahoo NE 68066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. USS Wahoo SS238 (a few steps from this marker); U.S.S. Wahoo SS 238 (a few steps from this marker); The Armour and Company Icehouse (approx. 12.4 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2015, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 21, 2015, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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