Historical Marker in
Stanton County, Nebraska

Nebraska was originally part of the Louisiana Purchase, which was a vast territory acquired by the United States from France in 1803.
Stanton County, Nebraska, located in the northeastern part of the state, has a rich history that dates back to the mid-1800s. The county was established on September 20, 1859, and named after Edwin McMasters Stanton, who served as the United States Secretary of War during the American Civil War.

The area that would later become Stanton County was initially settled by Native American tribes, including the Omaha, Pawnee, and Ponca. However, as white settlers began to move westward, conflicts arose, leading to the displacement of many Native Americans.

The first permanent white settlers arrived in the area in the 1860s, attracted by the fertile land and the promise of agricultural opportunities. Settlement was slow at first due to the challenges posed by the harsh climate and the lack of infrastructure. However, with the construction of the railroad in the late 1870s, the county began to flourish, attracting more immigrants and facilitating the transportation of goods.

During its early years, Stanton County relied heavily on agriculture, with corn and wheat being the primary crops. The county also saw the establishment of various businesses and services, including general stores, schools, and churches. Over time, Stanton County developed into a vibrant community, with a diverse population of farmers, businessmen, and laborers.

In recent decades, Stanton County has continued to evolve, adapting to changing economic conditions and embracing new technologies. While agriculture remains a significant part of the local economy, the county has also seen growth in industries such as manufacturing and healthcare. Today, Stanton County proudly preserves its history while embracing the opportunities of the modern world.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Stanton County, Nebraska.

  • 1854: Stanton County is established as one of the original eight counties in the Nebraska Territory.
  • 1867: Nebraska becomes the 37th state, and Stanton County remains part of the new state.
  • 1873: The town of Stanton is founded, serving as the county seat.
  • 1880s: The arrival of the railroad leads to increased settlement and economic growth in Stanton County.
  • 1890s: Agriculture becomes the primary industry in the county, with the cultivation of corn and wheat.
  • 1910s: The automobile becomes more prevalent, improving transportation within and beyond Stanton County.
  • 1980s: Stanton County experiences economic challenges due to declining agricultural prices.
  • 1990s: Efforts to diversify the local economy and promote tourism are undertaken in Stanton County.
  • 2010s: Stanton County continues to be a primarily rural community with a strong agricultural presence.