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Harrison in Sioux County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Village of Harrison

 
 
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By Dawn Bowen, July 26, 2008
1. Village of Harrison Marker
Inscription. A railroad camp named Summit (elev. 4876 ft.) was located on this site in 1884. When the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad reached here in 1886, an unincorporated townsite named Bowen was platted and designated the county seat of Sioux County. On June 20, 1887, the name was changed from Bowen to Harrison. The village of Harrison was incorporated on April 7, 1888. A school, county courthouse, and church were built in 1888-1889. Until a community well could be dug, water had to be hauled five miles by wagon from Sow Belly Canyon.

Although the Kinkaid 640 acre Homestead Act of 1904 caused a rapid influx of settlers into Sioux County, Harrison grew more slowly, reaching its peak population of 500 in 1940. After World War II, a trend toward larger farms and ranches, mechanization, and improved transportation led to a loss of population. In its centennial year of 1986, Harrison (pop.360) remained the only incorporated town in Sioux County and the principal educational, governmental and trade center for its citizens, many of whom were descendants of pioneer settlers.
 
Erected by Nebraska State Historical Society; Citizens of Harrison. (Marker Number 302.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.
Village of Harrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 26, 2008
2. Village of Harrison Marker
42° 41.471′ N, 103° 52.826′ W. Marker is in Harrison, Nebraska, in Sioux County. Marker is at the intersection of US 20 (U.S. 20 at milepost 9) and Kate Street, on the right when traveling east on US 20. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrison NE 69346, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coffee Siding ( approx. 8 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2008, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,117 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2008, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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