Nebraska's state motto is "Equality before the law."
Custer County, located in central Nebraska, has a rich history that dates back to the mid-19th century. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Pawnee and Sioux, who lived off the land and roamed the vast plains. In the 1860s, however, European settlers began to arrive, attracted by the promise of fertile soil and opportunities for homesteading.

The county's official establishment came in 1877 when it was named after General George Armstrong Custer, a famous military figure known for his role in the American Indian Wars. Custer County quickly grew as more settlers arrived, establishing towns and developing farms. Agriculture became the backbone of the local economy, with crops like corn, wheat, and alfalfa being grown, and cattle and sheep being raised.

The late 19th and early 20th centuries were marked by progress and growth in Custer County. The arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s played a significant role in opening up trade and transportation routes, further driving economic development. Towns like Broken Bow, the county seat, thrived as local businesses, schools, and infrastructure were established.

In recent decades, Custer County has continued to evolve, adapting to changing economic landscapes and embracing new technologies. While agriculture remains an important industry, the county has diversified its economy to include sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, and tourism. Today, Custer County is known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and strong sense of community, reflecting the hard work and resilience of its residents throughout history.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Custer County, Nebraska.

  • 1873: Custer County was established on February 17.
  • 1880: The population of Custer County was 1,348.
  • 1883: Broken Bow became the county seat.
  • 1890: The population of Custer County reached 5,573.
  • 1904: The Union Pacific Railroad was completed in Custer County.
  • 1935: The Custer County Chief newspaper was founded.
  • 1944: The Ansley Dam was constructed on the Middle Loup River.
  • 1973: The Custer County Historical Society Museum was established.
  • 2000: The population of Custer County was 11,793.
  • 2010: The population of Custer County increased to 10,939.