"Nuckolls County Seat" Nelson by atufft

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Oregon Trail Location

Although 16 miles of the Oregon Trail passes through Nuckolls County, this history is not as important to the area was Fort Kearney, which is located some 60 miles to the northwest. In 1858, Nuckolls County was established and named after a "southerner" who had moved to the area, while the town of Nelson, named after a property owner originally from Peoria, IL, was established as county seat by vote in 1873. Located on a slope within the Elk Creek valley, the town is centrally located within the county, but is not serviced by railroad. The nearest railroad is to the south in Superior. The town has a reputation for not being "incorporated" for fear the saloons would have been licensed there. The Prohibitionist sentiment among devout Baptist and Presbyterian residents is noteworthy with the towns history. The most notable feature of the town is the courthouse, which has a clock tower on it. Visitors to Nelson are likely to pass through when enroute along state route 14, generally between Grand Island/Hastings, Nebraska, and US81 south, which leads eventually to Salina, Kansas.

  • Last visit to Nelson: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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