Historical Marker in
Pierce County, Nebraska

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh made a stop in Omaha during his famous solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris.
Pierce County, Nebraska, located in the northeastern part of the state, has a rich history that dates back to the early 1800s. The area was initially inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Omaha and Ponca tribes, who relied on the land for sustenance and livelihood. European settlers began arriving in the mid-19th century, with Pierce County being established in 1859.

The county was named after President Franklin Pierce, who was in office at the time. Early settlers were mainly farmers, drawn to the region's fertile soil and abundant natural resources. They established small towns, such as Pierce and Plainview, and began cultivating crops like corn, wheat, and oats. The expansion of the railroad in the late 19th century further spurred economic growth and allowed for easier transportation of goods.

Pierce County played a role in the development of education in Nebraska. In 1881, the state's first normal school, now known as Peru State College, was established in the county seat of Pierce. This institution provided teacher training and played a vital role in shaping the educational landscape of the region.

Over the years, Pierce County has faced challenges, such as the Great Depression and changes in agricultural practices. However, the community has remained resilient. Today, the county is known for its picturesque rural landscapes, friendly communities, and a strong agricultural sector that still contributes significantly to the local economy. The history of Pierce County serves as a testament to the perseverance and spirit of its residents.

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

  • 1856 - Pierce County established, named after U.S. President Franklin Pierce.
  • 1864 - First courthouse built in Plainview, serving as the county seat.
  • 1868 - Railroad reached Pierce County, leading to increased settlement and economic growth.
  • 1870 - Pierce County officially organized, with Osmond becoming the county seat.
  • 1873 - First newspaper, "Pierce County Call," established in Osmond.
  • 1882 - First public school opened in Pierce County.
  • 1887 - Pierce County Courthouse built in Pierce, replacing the one in Osmond.
  • 1891 - Pierce County Herald newspaper established in Pierce.
  • 1910 - Pierce County experienced a population boom due to agricultural expansion.
  • 1943 - The Battle Creek Army Air Field is established, becoming an important training ground during World War II.
  • 1966 - Pierce County Historical Society formed, focused on preserving local history.
  • 2000 - Pierce County celebrates its 150th anniversary.
  • 2010 - Pierce County experiences population growth and economic development.