Dawson County NEGenWeb Project



Dawson County History





Postcard of the Dawson County Courthouse in Lexington, NE. Courtesy of Ginger Cisewski.



According to Perkey's Nebraska Place Names, by Elton A. Perkey, J&L Lee Co, © NSHS 1995, Dawson County, Nebraska was "named for a Nebraska pioneer, presumably Jacob Dawson, first postmaster of Lancaster (now the state capital at Lincoln). County formed on June 26, 1871, by proclamation of Acting Governor William H. James. Boundaries were defined by the Legislature January 11, 1860, and redefined June 6, 1871."

Andreas' 1882 History | Johnson's_History | Semi-Centennial History of Nebraska, 1904
1890_Gazetteer | 1917_Gazetteer | 1920 Livestock Directory | 30 Mile Canal
John J. Cozad/Robert Henri | Nebraska_Ancestree | Military | 1940_Who's_Who
First_Settlers | Pioneers | Schools | Ethnic_Groups | Photos
Other_Dawson_County_history_links, including some family webpages




Ethnic Groups

  • Nebraska's Negro Homesteaders

    Article from the 1969 Nebraskaland Magazine. Posted with permission on the Cherry County NEGenWeb site. At one time there was a negro settlement near Overton in Dawson County. As we find more information about this settlement we will post it here. If you have any information that you would like to share, please contact us.

  • The Colored Settlement

    Section found in "Early History of Cherry County, Nebraska". This community was first started by families from Dawson County. Special thanks go to Pam Rietsch for putting this history on line.

Other Dawson County History links




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