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Nebraska Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on November 27, 2020

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Nebraska ranks 45th among states and provinces with markers in this database. Nebraska is a state in the United States of America located in the American Midwest. It is also in the Upper Plains region. Nebraska is some 77 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 1.9 million people. The state is divided into 93 counties and 70 of them have entries in this database. In Nebraska we have discovered historical markers in 136 cities and towns lying in 149 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 625 historical markers in Nebraska, by our count. We have cataloged 590 historical markers and 38 war memorials—each individually presented on 619 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 35 historical markers in Nebraska that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Nebraska marker in the database, Native Americans in the Lower Platte Valley, was added August 23, 2007. It was photographed near Ashland in Saunders County. The last one added was submitted on November 17, 2020, and titled Tildon Veterans Memorial. It is in Tildon in Madison County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Nebraska was erected in 1878. It was this one: Grand Island Public School Bell, and one of our correspondents found it in Grand Island in Hall County on March 5, 2012.

Nebraska Historical Topics
227 • Settlements and Settlers
117 • Roads and Vehicles
76 • Industry and Commerce
60 • Native Americans
46 • Agriculture
44 • World War II
41 • Exploration
40 • Education
40 • Waterways and Vessels
39 • Churches and Religion
    ... and others ...

Nebraskans don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Nebraska about Settlements and Settlers—227 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Roads and Vehicles with 117 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was Melia, added August 23, 2007. It had been erected near Gretna in Sarpy County. The last one submitted was submitted on November 17, 2020, and titled Tildon, Nebraska. It had been erected in 1980 in Tildon in Antelope County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1910. It is Old Oregon Trail, found in Kearney in Buffalo County on August 27, 2012.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Nebraska? What we know is that Windlass Hill Pioneer Homestead is the most viewed entry in the database from Nebraska since it was added in 2007. It is located in Lewellen in Garden County. This year so far, the most viewed Nebraskan entry is located in Bayard in Morrill County. It is Chimney Rock Cemetery.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Nebraska county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Douglas County, with 100 of them. It is followed by Platte County with 34 markers. The Omaha area of Douglas County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 90. In Platte County the area with the most markers, 29, is Columbus.

Historical Markers in These
Nebraska Counties
100 • Douglas County
34 • Platte County
33 • Gage County
32 • Scotts Bluff County
31 • Buffalo County
29 • Hall County
28 • Keith County
24 • Lancaster County
19 • Lincoln County
15 • Deuel County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Nebraska with the most markers we again find Omaha at the top of the list with 90 markers in or near it. It is followed by Beatrice in Gage County with 31 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 68102 at the top of the list with 36 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 68102 is assigned to Omaha NE.) It is followed by ZIP Code 68310 with 31 markers. (68310 is assigned to Beatrice NE including the Ellis, Glenover, Hoag, Holmesville, Homestead National Monument, Riverside, and Rockford delivery areas.)

Historical Markers Near These
Nebraska Cities and Towns
90 • Omaha
31 • Beatrice
29 • Columbus
26 • Grand Island
25 • Ogallala
24 • Lincoln
20 • Gering
20 • Kearney
14 • North Platte
13 • Lewellen
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Douglas County, the first marker added to the database from there, Lewis and Clark Campsite, was added May 24, 2008. near Omaha. The last one submitted was uploaded on November 12, 2015, and is titled A Meeting House for the Saints, in Florence. One of the earliest marker erected in Douglas County that we have listed was erected in 1927. More than one was erected that year. This is one of them: Fort Lisa, found near Omaha on May 24, 2008.

Latest entry from Nebraska. Click to go there
By TeamOHE, August 31, 2018
Latest Entry from Nebraska
“Tildon Veterans Memorial”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Beatrice. The first: Do You Live Near a Homestead?, was added September 24, 2011. The last: Beatrice's Own - Company C 134th Infantry Regiment Nebraska National Guard added on October 16, 2011. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1951: Replica of the Statue of Liberty, added on September 26, 2011.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The Nebraska State Historical Society is currently in charge of official historical markers found all over the state. We have 171 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Nebraska. Click to go there
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 22, 2016
A Nebraska State Historical Society Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Nebraska have been marked with history. Check out Burt County, Box Butte County and Boyd County. We've only found one historical marker in each. Visiting one or more of these parts of Nebraska might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Nov. 27, 2020