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Nebraska Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on December 3, 2021

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Nebraska ranks 46th 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 90 of them have entries in this database. In Nebraska we have discovered historical markers in 202 cities and towns lying in 211 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 931 historical markers in Nebraska, by our count. We have cataloged 769 historical markers and 52 war memorials—each individually presented on 804 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 162 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.

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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 13, 2021, and titled Toadstool. It is near Crawford in Dawes 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
314 • Settlements and Settlers
134 • Roads and Vehicles
106 • Industry and Commerce
96 • Native Americans
71 • Agriculture
60 • Railroads and Streetcars
59 • World War II
58 • Waterways and Vessels
57 • Forts and Castles
53 • Education
    ... 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—314 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Roads and Vehicles with 134 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 October 7, 2021, and titled Muir House. It had been erected in Brownville in Nemaha County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1904. It is First Homestead in Red Willow Co., found in Indianola in Red Willow County on July 11, 2021.

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 Scotts Bluff County with 42 markers. The Omaha area of Douglas County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 90. In Scotts Bluff County the area with the most markers, 29, is Gering.

Historical Markers in These
Nebraska Counties
100 • Douglas County
42 • Scotts Bluff County
39 • Platte County
38 • Hall County
35 • Buffalo County
34 • Dawes County
33 • Gage County
29 • Keith County
24 • Lancaster County
23 • Lincoln 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 Grand Island in Hall County with 32 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
32 • Grand Island
31 • Beatrice
31 • Columbus
29 • Gering
28 • Crawford
26 • Ogallala
24 • Lincoln
22 • Kearney
16 • North Platte
    ... 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.

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By Connor Olson, May 24, 2021
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And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Grand Island. The first: Mormon Trail, was added July 28, 2011. The last: Grand Island Veterans Home added on September 12, 2021. It had been erected in 2019. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1878: Grand Island Public School Bell, added on March 5, 2012.

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 280 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.

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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 Colfax County, Burt County and Arthur 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!

Dec. 3, 2021