The Nebraska State Capitol building in Lincoln is one of the tallest state capitol buildings in the United States, standing at 400 feet tall.

Knox County, located in northeastern Nebraska, has a rich and diverse history. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Omaha and Ponca, who utilized the fertile land along the Missouri River for hunting and farming. European settlement began in the early 1800s with the arrival of fur traders, and as the United States expanded westward, more settlers came to the region.

In 1857, Knox County was officially established and named after General Henry Knox, a Revolutionary War hero and the first U.S. Secretary of War. The county's first seat was located in Niobrara, but it was later moved to Center due to the town's central location within the county. As more people settled in Knox County, towns and communities began to develop, providing essential services and commerce to the growing population.

The late 19th and early 20th centuries brought significant changes to Knox County. The construction of railroads in the area opened up new opportunities for trade and transportation, leading to the establishment of more vibrant towns. Agriculture became the backbone of the county's economy, with farmers growing crops such as corn, wheat, and soybeans, as well as raising livestock.

Throughout its history, Knox County has faced challenges and overcome hardships. The Great Depression of the 1930s hit the area hard, resulting in economic struggles for many residents. However, the spirit of resilience prevailed, and the county recovered in the following decades. Today, Knox County continues to thrive as a close-knit community, preserving its rich history while embracing progress and growth in various sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism.

  • 1867 - Knox County is established
  • 1868 - First settlers arrive in the area
  • 1870 - Verdel is founded
  • 1872 - Niobrara is established as the county seat
  • 1882 - Bloomfield becomes the county seat
  • 1899 - Osmond is incorporated as a village
  • 1913 - Center is founded
  • 1920 - Verdigre is incorporated as a village
  • 1959 - Santee Sioux Reservation is established
  • 1970 - Village of Verdel is abandoned due to flooding
  • 1992 - Incident at the Santee Sioux Reservation leads to a stand-off between federal agents and local residents