Historic Kearney

Historic Kearney (HMUJW)

Location: Kearney, NE 68845 Buffalo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 41.12', W 99° 5.418'

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In 1847 Brigham Young led the first migration over the Mormon Trail along the north bank of the Platte River, and in 1866 the Union Pacific Railroad pushed its main line westward to this valley, bringing pioneer settlers. However, it was not until 1871 when the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad fixed the junction point of its line with the Union Pacific that a townsite was established here.

The village of Kearney Junction was platted in the summer of 1871 and the junction of the two railroads was completed on September 18, 1872. In the fall of 1873, a bridge was completed across the Platte, connecting Kearney with the rapidly developing areas to the south. The City of Kearney was incorporated on December 3, 1873 and became the county seat of Buffalo County in 1874.

Kearney developed rapidly as an industrial, agricultural, and cultural center. The railroads and the promise of industry offered by the new Kearney Canal, which was completed in 1886, brought many investors from the East, and by 1892 the population reached the 10,000 mark. This golden era launched the Kearney Cotton Mill, the famed 1733 Ranch, a splendid five-story opera house, and on of the state's first electric street railways.

Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number153_MARKER_N
Placed ByKearney Centennial Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 492369 N 4503830
Decimal Degrees40.68533333, -99.09030000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 41.12', W 99° 5.418'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 41' 7.20" N, 99° 5' 25.08" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601-693 W 11th St, Kearney NE 68845, US
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