Near O誰eill in Holt County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Thousands of Irish were leaving troubled Ireland to settle in crowded American cities. O'Neill became interested in founding agrarian colonies in the West. For his first colony, he selected Holt County, on Nebraska's frontier. The first colonists arrived in May 1874, and his fourth and last group arrived in 1877. General O'Neill died the following year, but the town was already the county seat and growing.
Though there were numerous Irish settlements in Nebraska, O'Neill was the largest formal Irish colony. Its citizens have always been proud of their Old World heritage.
Erected by O誰eill Chamber of Commerce, Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 78.)
Marker series. This marker is included Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 42° 26.099′ N, 98° 36.118′ W. Marker is near O誰eill, Nebraska, in Holt County. Marker is on U.S. 20 2.5 miles east of O誰eill, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oneill NE 68763, United States of America.
Additional keywords. Irish
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
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