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Clay County, Nebraska
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© Bill Oliver

James Bainter is considered the first Euro settler in Clay County, in 1864, operating a ranch, stage station and pony express staion near present day Spring Ranch. There was a log house built earlier about 1857 at Pawnee Ranch in Spring Ranch Township.<.p>

Clay County was organized in September 1871 as settlers began to return to the area, following the Indian Raids of 1864. By 1869 the Native Americans had been driven from their lands.

The county was named for Henry CLAY, the distinguished Kentucky statesman. Clay County was first attached to the west end of Pierce County, bordering the Missouri River. In the territorial laws approved February 15, 1864, the north half of Clay County was attached to Lancaster County and the south half to Gage County. By an act of the Legislature of the Territory of Nebraska February 16, 1867, Clay County, was located in its present location.


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