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List of counties in Nebraska

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FIPS code
County seat
Established Origin
Adams County001Hastings1867Un-OrganizedJohn Adams, Founding Father and the second President of the United StatesState map highlighting Adams County
Antelope County003Neligh1871Un-OrganizedPronghorn, often called antelopeState map highlighting Antelope County
Arthur County005Arthur1887Un-OrganizedChester A. Arthur, president of the United StatesState map highlighting Arthur County
Banner County007Harrisburg1888Formed from CheyenneNamed for the hope of the early settlers to make the county the "banner county" of the stateState map highlighting Banner County
Blaine County009Brewster1885UnorganizedJames G. Blaine (1843-1923), U.S. Representative, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, U.S. Senator from Maine, two-time United States Secretary of State, and Republican candidate in the 1884 presidential electionState map highlighting Blaine County
Boone County011Albion1871UnorganizedDaniel BooneState map highlighting Boone County
Box Butte County013Alliance1887Formed from DawesNamed for a large box-shaped butte located approximately six miles north of Alliance, Nebraska, the county seat.State map highlighting Box Butte County
Boyd County015Butte1891Holt County, and Un-Organized (Indian Territory)James E. Boyd, the eighth governor of NebraskaState map highlighting Boyd County
Brown County017Ainsworth1883Un-Organizedlegislator with name of BrownState map highlighting Brown County
Buffalo County019Kearney1855Un-OrganizedNamed for the American Bison which once roamed the present countyState map highlighting Buffalo County
Burt County021Tekamah1854One of Nine Original CountiesFrancis Burt, the first territorial governor of Nebraska who died after two days in office.State map highlighting Burt County
Butler County023David City1856Formed from GreeneDavid Butler or William Orlando ButlerState map highlighting Butler County
Cass County025Plattsmouth1854One of Nine Original CountiesLewis Cass, the American statesman and senator from MichiganState map highlighting Cass County
Cedar County027Hartington1857Formed from Dixon and Pierce CountiesNamed for the many juniper trees (locally mis-identified as cedars) in the areaState map highlighting Cedar County
Chase County029Imperial1873Un-OrganizedChampion S. Chase, a mayor of Omaha, Nebraska who served as Nebraska's first attorney generalState map highlighting Chase County
Cherry County031Valentine1883Un-OrganizedSamuel A. CherryState map highlighting Cherry County
Cheyenne County033Sidney1867Un-OrganizedNamed for the Cheyenne Native American tribeState map highlighting Cheyenne County
Clay County035Clay Center1855Formed from Un-OrganizedHenry Clay, the Kentucky statesman and presidential candidateState map highlighting Clay County
Colfax County037Schuyler1869Formed from Platte CountySchuyler ColfaxState map highlighting Colfax County
Cuming County039West Point1855Formed from Burt CountyThomas B. CumingState map highlighting Cuming County
Custer County041Broken Bow1877Un-OrganizedGeorge Armstrong CusterState map highlighting Custer County
Dakota County043Dakota City1855Formed from Burt CountyNamed for the Dakota branch of the Sioux Native American tribeState map highlighting Dakota County
Dawes County045Chadron1885Formed from Sioux CountyJames W. Dawes, the sixth governor of NebraskaState map highlighting Dawes County
Dawson County047Lexington1860Un-OrganizedJacob Dawson, who was the first postmaster in the settlement of Lancaster, which is present-day Lincoln, Nebraska, the state capitalState map highlighting Dawson County
Deuel County049Chappell1888Formed from Cheyenne CountyDeuel familyState map highlighting Deuel County
Dixon County051Ponca1856Formed from Blackbird County, Izard County and Un-OrganizedDixon familyState map highlighting Dixon County
Dodge County053Fremont1854One of Nine Original CountiesAugustus Caesar Dodge, a United States senator from Iowa who was a supporter of the Kansas-Nebraska ActState map highlighting Dodge County
Douglas County055Omaha1854One of Nine Original CountiesStephen Arnold Douglas, the American statesman, U. S. senator, and presidential candidateState map highlighting Douglas County
Dundy County057Benkelman1873Un-OrganizedElmer Scipio Dundy, a U.S. Circuit Court judge from NebraskaState map highlighting Dundy County
Fillmore County059Geneva1856Formed from Jackson County and Un-OrganizedMillard Fillmore, the thirteenth president of the United StatesState map highlighting Fillmore County
Franklin County061Franklin1867Formed from KearneyBenjamin Franklin, the Founding Father, printer, scientist, and diplomatState map highlighting Franklin County
Frontier County063Stockville1872Un-organizedNamed for the fact that it was located in what was referred to at that time as part of the Nebraska frontierState map highlighting Frontier County
Furnas County065Beaver City1873Un-OrganizedRobert Wilkinson Furnas, the third governor of NebraskaState map highlighting Furnas County
Gage County067Beatrice1855Un-OrganizedWilliam D. Gage, a Methodist minister who served as chaplain of the state legislature at the time the county was establishedState map highlighting Gage County
Garden County069Oshkosh1910Formed from Deuel CountyNamed for the hopes of two real estate agents and citizens of the county seat, Oshkosh, Nebraska, that the county would be the "garden spot of the west"State map highlighting Garden County
Garfield County071Burwell1884Formed from Wheeler CountyJames Abram Garfield, the twentieth president of the United StatesState map highlighting Garfield County
Gosper County073Elwood1873Un-OrganizedJohn J. Gosper, the secretary of state for Nebraska at the time of the county's formationState map highlighting Gosper County
Grant County075Hyannis1887Un-OrganizedUlysses Simpson Grant, the eighteenth president of the United States and American Civil War generalState map highlighting Grant County
Greeley County077Greeley1871Un-OrganizedHorace Greeley, the pioneering American journalistState map highlighting Greeley County
Hall County079Grand Island1858Un-OrganizedAugustus Hall, the chief justice of the Territorial Supreme Court at the time the county was createdState map highlighting Hall County
Hamilton County081Aurora1867Un-OrganizedAlexander Hamilton, the first United States Secretary of the TreasuryState map highlighting Hamilton County
Harlan County083Alma1871Formed from KearneyJames Harlan, who was the United States Secretary of the Interior in 1865 and 1866; or a revenue collector by the name of Harlan who once lived near Republican City, NebraskaState map highlighting Harlan County
Hayes County085Hayes Center1877Un-OrganizedRutherford Birchard Hayes, the nineteenth president of the United StatesState map highlighting Hayes County
Hitchcock County087Trenton1873Un-OrganizedPhineas Warren Hitchcock, a U.S. Senator from NebraskaState map highlighting Hitchcock County
Holt County089O'Neill1860Un-Organized (Formerly- West County)Joseph Holt, a U.S. Postmaster General and U.S. Secretary of War under James BuchananState map highlighting Holt County
Hooker County091Mullen1889Un-OrganizedJoseph Hooker, an American Civil War generalState map highlighting Hooker County
Howard County093Saint Paul1871Formed from Hall CountyOliver Otis Howard, an American Civil War generalState map highlighting Howard County
Jefferson County095Fairbury1856Un-organizedThomas Jefferson, the third president of the United StatesState map highlighting Jefferson County
Johnson County097Tecumseh1857Formed from Nemaha and Otoe CountiesRichard Mentor Johnson, the ninth vice president of the United StatesState map highlighting Johnson County
Kearney County099Minden1860Un-OrganizedNamed for Fort Kearny - when the county was created the fort's name was misspelledState map highlighting Kearney County
Keith County101Ogallala1873Un-OrganizedM. C. Keith, who owned one of the largest ranches in western Nebraska at the timeState map highlighting Keith County
Keya Paha County103Springview1884Formed from Brown County and Un-Organized (Indian Territory)Dakota words Ké-ya Pa-há Wa-kpá, which, translated, mean turtle hill riverState map highlighting Keya Paha County
Kimball County105Kimball1888Formed from Cheyenne CountyThomas L. Kimball, an official of the Union Pacific RailroadState map highlighting Kimball County
Knox County107Center1857Formed from Pierce County and Un-Organized (Formal names-L'Eau Qui Court (1857-1867) and Emmet (1867-1873))Henry Knox, the first United States Secretary of WarState map highlighting Knox County
Lancaster County109Lincoln1855Formed from Cass, and Pierce CountiesThe cities of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Lancaster, England.State map highlighting Lancaster County
Lincoln County111North Platte1860Un-Organized (Formerly Shorter County)Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United StatesState map highlighting Lincoln County
Logan County113Stapleton1885Un-OrganizedJohn Alexander Logan, a general in the American Civil WarState map highlighting Logan County
Loup County115Taylor1883Un-OrganizedLoup River which in turn is named for the French word loup which means wolfState map highlighting Loup County
Madison County119Madison1856Formed from Loup County and McNeale Counties and Un-OrganizedEither James Madison, the fourth president of the United States; or, more likely, Madison, Wisconsin, where most of the new county's settlers were fromState map highlighting Madison County
McPherson County117Tryon1887Un-OrganizedJames Birdseye McPherson, a general in the American Civil WarState map highlighting McPherson County
Merrick County121Central City1858Formed from Polk County and Un-OrganizedElvira Merrick, wife of Henry W. DePuy, a territorial legislatorState map highlighting Merrick County
Morrill County123Bridgeport1908Formed from Cheyenne CountyCharles Henry Morrill, a president of the Lincoln Land CompanyState map highlighting Morrill County
Nance County125Fullerton1879Formed from Pawnee ReservationAlbinus Nance, the fourth governor of NebraskaState map highlighting Nance County
Nemaha County127Auburn1854One of Nine original counties (Formerly Forney)Nimaha, the Oto name meaning miry water for a stream which crossed the county and emptied into the Missouri RiverState map highlighting Nemaha County
Nuckolls County129Nelson1860Un-OrganizedLafayette Nuckolls, a member of the first Nebraska territorial legislature; and his brother, Stephen Nuckolls, a pioneer Nebraska settler, businessman and bankerState map highlighting Nuckolls County
Otoe County131Nebraska City1854One of nine Original Counties (Formerly Pierce)Oto (also Otoe) Native American tribeState map highlighting Otoe County
Pawnee County133Pawnee City1855Formed from Richardson CountyPawnee Native American tribeState map highlighting Pawnee County
Perkins County135Grant1887Formed from Kieth CountyCharles E. Perkins, a president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad; or Joseph Perkins, a former resident of Grant, NebraskaState map highlighting Perkins County
Phelps County137Holdrege1873Formed from Kearney CountyWilliam Phelps, a riverboat captain on the Mississippi River who is alleged to have settled in the areaState map highlighting Phelps County
Pierce County139Pierce1856Formed from Izard County, McNeale County and Un-OrganizedFranklin Pierce, the fourteenth president of the United StatesState map highlighting Pierce County
Platte County141Columbus1856Formed from Greene and Loup CountiesPlatte River which is in turn named for the French word for flat platteState map highlighting Platte County
Polk County143Osceola1856Formed from York County and Un-OrganizedJames Knox Polk, the eleventh president of the United StatesState map highlighting Polk County
Red Willow County145McCook1873Un-OrganizedRed Willow Creek, which runs through the areaState map highlighting Red Willow County
Richardson County147Falls City1854One of Nine Original CountiesWilliam A. Richardson, a governor of the Nebraska TerritoryState map highlighting Richardson County
Rock County149Bassett1885Formed from Brown CountyEither Rock Creek, which flows in the county; or the rocky condition of the soil in the areaState map highlighting Rock County
Saline County151Wilber1867Un-organizedNamed for a belief held by the early pioneers that great salt springs and deposits could be found in the area, a hope found to be falseState map highlighting Saline County
Sarpy County153Papillion1857Formed from Cass and Douglas CountiesPeter A. Sarpy, a commander of a trading post in the future countyState map highlighting Sarpy County
Saunders County155Wahoo1856Formed from Douglas and Lancaster (Formerly Calhoun County (1856-1865))Alvin Saunders, a governor of the Nebraska TerritoryState map highlighting Saunders County
Scotts Bluff County157Gering1888Formed from Cheyenne CountyNamed for a towering bluff located in the Scotts Bluff National Monument, named in turn for Hiram Scott, a fur trapper who is alleged to have crawled 75 miles with a broken leg before collapsing and dying at the foot of the bluffState map highlighting Scotts Bluff County
Seward County159Seward1855Formed from Cass and Pierce Counties (Formerly- Greene County)William Henry Seward, the United States Secretary of State during the 1860sState map highlighting Seward County
Sheridan County161Rushville1885Formed from Sioux CountyPhilip Henry Sheridan, a general in the American Civil WarState map highlighting Sheridan County
Sherman County163Loup City1871Formed from Buffalo County and Un-OrganizedWilliam Tecumseh Sherman, the American Civil War generalState map highlighting Sherman County
Sioux County165Harrison1877Un-OrganizedSioux Native American tribeState map highlighting Sioux County
Stanton County167Stanton1855Formed from Burt County (Formerly Izard County)Edwin McMasters Stanton, the United States Secretary of War during most of the American Civil WarState map highlighting Stanton County
Thayer County169Hebron1871Formed from Jefferson CountyJohn Milton Thayer, the seventh governor of NebraskaState map highlighting Thayer County
Thomas County171Thedford1887Un-OrganizedGeorge Henry Thomas, a general in the American Civil WarState map highlighting Thomas County
Thurston County173Pender1889Formed form Blackbird County and Omaha ReservationJohn Mellen Thurston, a U. S. senator from NebraskaState map highlighting Thurston County
Valley County175Ord1871Un-OrganizedNamed for the many valleys in the areaState map highlighting Valley County
Washington County177Blair1854One of Nine Original CountiesGeorge Washington, the first president of the United StatesState map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County179Wayne1867Un-OrganizedAnthony Wayne, the American Revolutionary War general nicknamed "Mad Anthony" by his troopsState map highlighting Wayne County
Webster County181Red Cloud1867Un-organizedDaniel Webster, the American statesmanState map highlighting Webster County
Wheeler County183Bartlett1877Un-OrganizedDaniel H. Wheeler, a secretary of the Nebraska State Board of AgricultureState map highlighting Wheeler County
York County185York1855Formed from Cass County, Pierce County and Un-OrganizedNamed for either York, England, or York County, PennsylvaniaState map highlighting York County

Former counties of Nebraska:

  • Clay (1855-64) Formed from Un-organized and dissolved into Gage and Lancaster County.
  • Jackson (1855-6) Formed from Un-Organized and dissolved to the Fillmore County and Un-Organized.
  • Johnson (1855-6) Formed from Un-Organized and dissolved to Un-organized
  • Blackbird (1855-88) Formed from Burt County and dissolved to Thurston County
  • Loup (1855-6) Formed from Burt and Un-Organized and then dissolved Madison, Monroe and Platte Counties
  • Jones (1856-66) Formed from Un-Organized and dissolved into Jefferson County.
  • Grant, Harrison, Jackson, Lynn, Monroe and Taylor counties listed in 1870 (But no proof on where)  
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