National Register Listing in
Hooker County, Nebraska

During World War II, Nebraska was the site of several prisoner-of-war camps, which housed German and Italian soldiers.
Located in the western part of Nebraska, Hooker County has a rich history that spans over a century. It was established in 1889 and named after General Joseph Hooker, a prominent Union general during the American Civil War. Hooker County was formed by combining parts of neighboring counties, including Dawes and Thomas.

During its early years, the county primarily relied on ranching and agriculture for its economic growth. Cattle and sheep ranching flourished in the area, thanks to its vast grasslands and ample water supply from the North Platte River. Homesteaders also played a significant role in shaping the county's early development, as they settled and cultivated the land.

In the early 1900s, the discovery of oil in the nearby Sandhills region brought renewed prosperity to Hooker County. Oil drilling and extraction became a key industry, attracting workers and boosting the local economy. The oil boom brought about infrastructure development, such as roads and railways, that further facilitated trade and transportation in the area.

Over the years, Hooker County has faced its fair share of challenges, including economic downturns and fluctuations in oil prices. However, it has managed to maintain its rural charm and close-knit community spirit. Today, Hooker County is known for its scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and outdoor recreational opportunities, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and visitors looking to explore the untamed landscapes of Nebraska.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Hooker County, Nebraska.

  • 1889 - Hooker County is established on November 11th.
  • 1890 - The county's first courthouse is built in Mullen.
  • 1907 - The town of Antioch is incorporated.
  • 1910 - The Hooker County Tribune newspaper is established.
  • 1922 - A fire destroys the courthouse, leading to the construction of a new one.
  • 1960 - The Hooker County Historical Society is founded.
  • 1971 - Construction begins on the Swede Banta Dam.
  • 1985 - The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 1992 - The first annual Hooker County Fair takes place.
  • 2006 - The Hooker County Wind Energy Project is completed.