During World War II, Nebraska was the site of several prisoner-of-war camps, which housed German and Italian soldiers.

Antelope County, located in northeastern Nebraska, has a rich history that dates back to the 1800s. The area was originally home to Native American tribes, such as the Omaha and Ponca, who utilized the fertile land for agriculture and hunting. In the mid-1800s, European settlers began to populate the region, attracted by the promise of abundant farmland.

The county was officially established in 1871 and named after the plentiful antelope herds that once roamed the area. The arrival of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in the late 1800s played a significant role in the county's development, as it brought new settlers and facilitated the transportation of goods and resources.

Agriculture has always been a vital part of Antelope County's economy. In the early years, settlers primarily engaged in mixed farming, raising livestock and growing crops such as corn, wheat, and oats. The implementation of new farming technologies and practices in the 20th century led to increased productivity and diversified agricultural activities.

Throughout its history, Antelope County has faced challenges such as droughts, economic downturns, and natural disasters. However, the resilience and determination of its residents have allowed the county to overcome these obstacles and thrive. Today, Antelope County continues to be a predominantly agricultural community, with a strong emphasis on livestock production, crop farming, and agribusiness.

  • 1855: Antelope County was established as an unorganized territory.
  • 1868: The county was officially organized, and Neligh became the county seat.
  • 1869: The first courthouse in Antelope County was built in Neligh.
  • 1872: Elgin was platted and became a thriving community in the county.
  • 1880: The population of Antelope County reached over 6,000 residents.
  • 1895: The Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway reached Neligh, stimulating economic growth.
  • 1915: The Battle of Verdun monument was dedicated in Riverside Cemetery in honor of veterans.
  • 1930s: Antelope County was severely affected by the Great Depression, leading to agricultural decline.
  • 1949: The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District was established to manage water resources in the area.
  • 1985: A tornado struck the town of Tilden, causing significant damage and loss of life.
  • 2010: The population of Antelope County decreased to around 6,500 residents.