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Statistics & Facts

The Nebraska state capital is Lincoln.
The population of Niobrara is approximately 376 (1990), 370 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 212 (1990), 193 (2010).
The amount of land area in Niobrara is 1.868 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Niobrara to Washington DC is 1183 miles.
The distance to the Nebraska state capital is 151 miles. (as the crow flies)
Niobrara is positioned 42.75 degrees north of the equator and 98.03 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in northeast Nebraska, at the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri rivers
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History & History Related Items

Niobrara was named by the local Ponca Tribe. The name means running water.

Dr. Benneville Yeakel Shelly led a group of settlers to what would become Niobrara. It was founded on 7 June 1856. They built a garrison on the river and called the company, "L'Eau Qui Court Company." Later, it was called the Niobrara Township Company. Later it was shortened to just Niobrara. The town was flooded during the spring thaw in March, 1881 and had to be moved. It was the county seat until 1902. In 1973 with more flooding and silt deposits, the town was again moved to higher ground as was the Niobrara Island State Park.

The Lewis and Clark expedition camped here on 4 September 1804 and the Mormon pioneers wintered here in 1846 as guests of the local Ponca Indians. A cemetery marked by the Mormon Monument is just west of town and includes the gravesites of a small number of the party including church leader, Newell Knight.

See this village profile page for more information and links about Niobrara history.
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Niobrara is located on the Lewis and Clark Trail

Things to see and do in the area
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Niobrara City Government

Village of Niobrara
254-14 Park Avenue
P.O. Box 227
Niobrara, Nebraska 68760
Village Clerk: 402-857-3565

Niobrara Schools

Here is a Schools page for Niobrara.

Niobrara Public School: 402-857-3322

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