City of Nebraska City

1409 Central Avenue
Nebraska City, NE  68410
IMG 0374Phone: (402)-873-5515
 
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:00AM to 5:00PM
 
 
 
Otoe County
017Courthouse
 
1021 Central Avenue
Nebraska City, NE  68410
Phone: (402)873-9505
Clerk: Janene Bennett
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Office Hours:
Monday to Friday

8:00AM to 4:30PM

 

 


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"Early exploration was reported in 1804 by Lewis and Clark as they journeyed west along the Missouri River. Nebraska City was the original site of Old Fort Kearny, a military post used by the government in 1846. It was abandoned several years later and relocated to central Nebraska, now south of present day Kearney, Nebraska.
 
Shortly after the post was vacated, John Boulware developed an important river-crossing and ferry service from Iowa across to present day Nebraska City. He and his father grew their business and built a ferry house, the first residence in Nebraska City in 1852 or 1853. Slaves were first bought and sold in the 1850s in Nebraska City.[4]
 
In 1854 the Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed legal settlement in the regional area. Three townships were incorporated by settlers: Nebraska City and Kearney City were incorporated in 1855, and South Nebraska City was incorporated in 1856. During those years Nebraska City competed fiercely to become the Nebraska Territory capital. On December 31, 1857, these three town sites along with Prairie City joined, incorporating as present day Nebraska City. Before the Civil War, Nebraska City was also noted as having the Territory's largest population of slaves.
 
In the mid 1800s, steamboats were the vitalizing force behind Nebraska City’s growth in bringing commerce, people and freight to the west. In the spring of 1858 Russell, Majors and Waddell started freighting from Nebraska City on a government contract to transport all provisions for all western forts. The supplies were brought up the Missouri River by steamboat and then taken out by wagon train. Nebraska City's favorable position (with a gradual slope from the river to the table land above) and good trail made it an important link to the west.
 
Since that beginning, the city was established as a regional transportation, economic, and agriculture hub for the three state area. Additional forms of transportation were important including the steam wagon and the first locomotive engine of the Midland Pacific.
 
J. Sterling Morton came to Nebraska City in 1855 to edit the Nebraska City News. He and his wife Caroline were originally from Michigan and they were lovers of nature. Morton served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland’s administration and he was instrumental in establishing the annual tree planting day, Arbor Day in 1872. Governor Robert Furnas issued the first Arbor Day Proclamation on March 31, 1874. The holiday is celebrated around the world." (1)
 
 
Cemeteries:
 
Camp Creek Cemetery
 
Cowles Hill Cemetery
 
 
 
Harry Novak Burial Site
 
Old Wyoming Cemetery
 
St. Benedict's Cemetery
 
St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
 
Warden Cemetery
 
Wyuka Cemetery
 
 
Churches:
 
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement260Bethel United Church of Christ
2400 W. Central Ave
Nebraska City, NE 68410
Phone: 402-873-6218
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Nebraska-City-Townshipelement261Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
920 Centennial Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410-1052
(402) 873-3500
 
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement262First Baptist Church
302 South 7th Street
Nebraska City, NE 68410-2836
(402) 873-3726
 
1005 1st Corso
Nebraska City, NE 68410-2324
(402) 873-5306
 
1023 1st Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410-2315
(402) 873-3821
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411 5th Rue
Nebraska City, NE 68410
(402) 873-3047
 
218 North 6th Street
Nebraska City, NE 68410-2430
(402) 873-3024
 
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement266St. Mary's Episcopal Church
116 South 9th Street
Nebraska City, NE 68410-2403
(402) 873-5334
 
 
 
Family History Center:
 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
920 Centennial Avenue
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement261Nebraska City, NE 68410-1052
(402) 873-3500
Hours: Wed. 7-9pm, or by appointment
*Call Michelle at (402) 874-1122
 
 
Historical Attractions:
 
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement2702600 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410
(402) 873-7222
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Nebraska-City-Townshipelement271910 First Corso
Nebraska City, NE 68410
(402) 873-4018
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Nebraska-City-Townshipelement2722012 4th Corso
Nebraska City, NE 68410
(402) 873-3115
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Nebraska-City-Townshipelement273100 Valmont Drive
Nebraska City, NE  68410
(402) 874-9900
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Nebraska-City-Townshipelement2741320 Central Avenue
Nebraska City, Ne 68410
(402) 873-4403
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Nebraska-City-Townshipelement276407 N. 14th Street
Nebraska City, NE 68410
(402) 873-9360
 
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement277711 3rd Corso
Nebraska City, NE 68410
(402) 873-9360
 
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement275420 Steinhart Park Road
Nebraska City, NE 68410
(402) 873-6340
 
 
History:
 
 
 
Library:
 
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement280923 First Corso
Nebraska City, NE 68410
(402) 873-5609
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Mortuaries:
 
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement312403 S. 9th Street
Nebraska City, NE 68410
(402) 873-6011
 
Peterson Mortuary
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement310111 N 11th St
Nebraska City, NE 68410
402-873-6626
 
 
Organizations:
 
P.O. Box 692
Nebraska City , NE 68410
 
600 1st Corso
Nebraska City, NE 68410
(402) 873-6446
 
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement290Western Star Masonic Lodge #2
1104 Central Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410
 
 
 
Publications:
 
"Wyuka A place of rest; Nebraska City's Pioneer Cemetery"
 
Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City is one of the state's oldest
cemeteries. Filled with unique gravestones, the stories of those
buried beneath the earth are just as unique, and forever intertwined with the history of Nebraska City.  These are but a few of the stories.  This book was written by Wyuka Cemetery historian, Donald Hegr, and sells for $21.35 ($19.95 + $1.40 sales tax). 
 
Books can be purchased at the Nebraska City city hall.  For more information, please contact Victoria at (402) 873-5515.
 
 
Rural Schools:
 
Harmony School (District 53) Link to be updated
6265 'Q' Road
Nebraska-City-Townshipelement340Nebraska City , NE 68410
(402) 242-2951
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Web Links:
 
 
 
 
Works Cited:
 

(1) "Nebraska City, Nebraska." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. 26 May 2010. Web. 16 June 2010.

Genealogy Events

 

 Program Ideas - Come & share with us!!!  We want to make the Society interesting to all Otoe County area residents or descendants of Otoe County Pioneers!!

Thursday, May 25th, 4PM - Hopewell Presbyterian Cemetery, south of Unadilla, OCGS will place White Crosses/US Flags on Military & Veteran Burials. us anim

June 10th, Osage Cemetery Tour - Time and more details to follow.

June 17th Undilla Resource Room 9:30 Business Meeting

 

July - Workshop at the Resource room. Date & Time TBA.

August - Exploring Lewis & Clark Center - Nebraska City - Date & Time TBA.

 
 
 

Syracuse Museum of Memories - Looking for Volunteers.  They meet every Wednesday, 9AM.  Open every Sunday afternoon - May-October, else by Appointment.  See their page on our site for further details. 

 

Meeting Minutes

April 2017 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes.

February 2017 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes.

November 2016 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes.

June 11, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes

May 21, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the Minutes.

April 23, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the Minutes

March 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the Minutes.

February 20, 2016 Meeting Minutes - click here for the minutes.

January  9, 2016 Meeting Minutes - click here for the minutes.