Historical Markers in
Loup County, Nebraska

During World War II, Nebraska was the site of several prisoner-of-war camps, which housed German and Italian soldiers.

Loup County, Nebraska is a rural county located in the central part of the state. It was established in 1883 and is named after the Loup River, which flows through the county. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Pawnee and Sioux, who utilized the land for hunting and agriculture. The arrival of European settlers in the mid-19th century led to conflicts with the native tribes, resulting in the displacement and relocation of many Native Americans.

The establishment of Loup County was driven by the desire for more organized government and services in the area. The county grew slowly in its early years, primarily supported by agriculture and cattle ranching. Homesteading became popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as individuals and families claimed land and established farming operations.

As with many rural areas, Loup County faced challenges during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl era of the 1930s. Farmers and ranchers struggled with drought, soil erosion, and economic difficulties. Many families were forced to leave their farms and seek employment elsewhere. However, with the advent of irrigation and improved farming techniques in the following decades, the agriculture industry in Loup County gradually recovered.

Today, Loup County remains predominantly rural, with a small population and a focus on agriculture and ranching. The county is known for its scenic landscapes, including the beautiful Loup River Valley. Loup County's small-town charm and close-knit community continue to make it a desirable place to live for those seeking a peaceful and rural lifestyle.

  • 1873 - Loup County is established, named after the nearby Loup River
  • 1880 - The first post office is established in Taylor
  • 1882 - Loup City, the county seat, is incorporated
  • 1886 - The first courthouse is built in Loup City
  • 1905 - The Loup County Journal newspaper is first published
  • 1935 - Taylor Dam is constructed on the North Loup River
  • 1964 - The Loup County Historical Society is founded
  • 1978 - The Loup County Courthouse is added to the National Register of Historic Places