Source: Nebraska State Historical Society
In July 1885 the north half of the
Nebraska Panhandle was divided into three counties;
Sioux, Dawes, and Sheridan. The next year
petitioners were successful in forming a new county,
Box Butte, out of the lower portion of Dawes County
in November 1886. The county contains 1,080 square
miles and is located in the northwest portion of the
The county was first settled
through the efforts of the railroads to populate
this portion of Nebraska. The homestead laws were
also instrumental in developing the area. In 1890
the population of Box Butte County was 5,494. In
1980 it was 13,696.
This page was last updated April 15, 2016.
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