The state song of Nebraska is "Beautiful Nebraska," which was written by Jim Fras and Guy G. Miller in 1967.
Keith County, Nebraska has a rich history dating back to the 1800s. The area was initially inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Pawnee and Sioux, who utilized the region's abundant natural resources for hunting and gathering. European settlement in the area began in the late 19th century with the arrival of railroad construction crews, ranchers, and homesteaders.

In 1883, Keith County was established and named after Keith County, Ogallala, a respected Cheyenne warrior. The county's first settlers faced numerous challenges, including harsh weather conditions and limited supplies. However, the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1867 facilitated easier transportation and brought increased economic opportunities to the region.

The city of Ogallala, located in Keith County, became an important commerce and transportation hub for the area. The cattle industry played a significant role in the county's development, as several large cattle ranches were established, leading to the nickname "The Cow Capital of Nebraska." The construction of the Lake McConaughy reservoir in the 1930s further enhanced the county's agricultural productivity and provided recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

Over the years, Keith County has experienced periods of growth and diversification. The county's economy expanded beyond agriculture, with the development of diverse industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, tourism, and services. Today, Keith County continues to thrive as a vibrant community with a strong agricultural base, rich cultural heritage, and a commitment to preserving its natural resources for future generations.

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

  • 1867 - Keith County is established.
  • 1874 - The Union Pacific Railroad extends into the county.
  • 1879 - Ogallala, the county seat, is founded.
  • 1884 - Keith County experiences a gold rush.
  • 1893 - The county's first courthouse is built in Ogallala.
  • 1912 - The construction of Lake McConaughy begins.
  • 1930s - Keith County suffers through the Great Depression.
  • 1941-1945 - During World War II, the county is home to a military airbase.
  • 1976 - Lake McConaughy becomes fully operational.
  • 1990s - Keith County experiences significant population growth.