National Register Listings in
Lancaster County, Nebraska

Agricultural Hall Antelope Grocery Barr Terrace Beatrice Creamery Company Lincoln Plant Beattie, James A., House Bell, Jasper Newton, House Boulevards Historic District Brown, Guy A., House Brownbilt Residential Historic District Burckhardt House Burnett, Edgar A., House Burr Block Calhoun, James D., House Charlton, William H., House Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Steam Locomotive No. 710 Christian Record Building City Hall College View Public Library Eastridge Historic District Eddy-Taylor House Fairview Federal Trust Building Ferguson, William H., House First National Bank Building First State Bank of Bethany Gillen, Frank E. and Emma A., House Gold and Company Store Building Government Square Greek Row Historic District Harris House Hayward School Helmer-Winnett-White Flats Herter Farmstead Herter Farmstead (Boundary Increase) Hitchcok, W.F., House Hotel Capital Hurlbut, Aeneas-Yates, Charles, House Kennard, Thomas P., House Kiesselbach, Theodore A., House Kirkwood, Rose, Brothel Koop, Amel H., House Lancaster Block Lewis-Syford House Lewis-Syford House Lincoln Army Air Field Regimental Chapel Lincoln Haymarket Historic District Lincoln Liberty Life Insurance Building Lincoln Veterans Administration Hospital Historic District Lincoln YWCA Building Lyman Terrace Masonic Temple McWilliams House Mount Emerald and Capitol Additions Historic Residential District Municipal Lighting and Waterworks Plant Murphy, William L. and Sydney V., House Nebraska City to Fort Kearny Cutoff Ruts at Spring Creek Prairie Nebraska Governor's Mansion Nebraska State Capitol Nebraska State Historical Society Building Nebraska Telephone Company Building Nine-Mile Prairie Old Main, Nebraska Wesleyan University Old University Library Palisade and Regent Apartments Park Hill Park Manor Residential Historic District Phi Delta Theta Fraternity House Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity House Phillips, R. O., House Pioneers Park President and Ambassador Apartments Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Parsonage Robbers' Cave Rock Island Depot Ross, Nimrod, House Royer-Williams House Ryons-Alexander House Scottish Rite Temple Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery Sky Park Manor South Bottoms Historic District Spalding, Frank M., House St. Charles Apartments Stake, R.O., House State Arsenal Strode Building Stuart Building Temple of Congregation B'nai Jeshurun Terminal Building Thayer, John M., House Tifereth Israel Synagogue Tyler, William H., House University Place Historic Residential District Veith Building Watkins, Albert, House Wesleyan Hospital and Nurses Training School Whitehall Woods Brothers Building Woods, Frank and Nelle Cochrane, House Woodsshire Residential Historic District Wyuka Cemetery Yost, John H. and Christina, House Ziemer, Arthur C., House
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Lancaster County, located in Nebraska, has a rich and varied history. The region's history dates back to the ancestral lands of the Pawnee and Otoe tribes, who lived along the Salt Creek in the 1700s. In the early 1800s, European settlers began to arrive in the area, drawn by the fertile soil and the promise of cheap land.

The first permanent European settlement in the area was founded in 1856 when more than 100 settlers established Lancaster, named after the former president, Abraham Lincoln's hometown in Pennsylvania. The next year, Lancaster was designated as the county seat, and in 1867, the county was officially named Lancaster County.

Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, Lancaster County experienced rapid growth and development. The arrival of the railroad in the 1870s facilitated transportation and trade, leading to the establishment of new towns and the expansion of existing ones. Agriculture played a crucial role in the county's economy, with crops like corn and wheat becoming major exports.

Lancaster County also played a significant role in the fight for civil rights and equality. In the early 20th century, the city of Lincoln, located within the county, became a center for civil rights activism, with organizations like the National Negro Business League and the Lincoln NAACP working towards social and political change.

Overall, Lancaster County's history is a testament to the resilience and determination of its early settlers and the ongoing efforts of its residents to build a vibrant and inclusive community. From its Native American roots to its status as a thriving agricultural and cultural hub, the county continues to evolve and shape the history of Nebraska.

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

  • 1859 - Lancaster County is established by the Nebraska Territorial Legislature.
  • 1864 - The city of Lincoln is chosen as the capital of Nebraska.
  • 1867 - The University of Nebraska is founded in Lincoln.
  • 1871 - The first railroad, the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad, enters Lancaster County.
  • 1904 - The State Capitol building in Lincoln is completed.
  • 1937 - The University of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium is built.
  • 1969 - The Lincoln Children's Zoo opens to the public.
  • 1987 - The Haymarket Park baseball stadium is constructed.
  • 2001 - Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena is completed, becoming the home of the University of Nebraska basketball teams.