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Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska

69361, 69363

"The New West"

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Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Nebraska state capital is Lincoln.
The population of Scottsbluff is approximately 14,732 (2000), 15039 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 6,559 (2000), 6168 (2010).
The amount of land area in Scottsbluff is 15.226 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.116 sq kilometers.
The distance from Scottsbluff to Washington DC is 1476 miles.
The distance to the Nebraska state capital is 377 miles. (as the crow flies)
Scottsbluff is positioned 41.86 degrees north of the equator and 103.66 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Scottsbluff elevation is 3,943 feet above sea level.
Scottsbluff average annual rainfall is 16.4 inches per year
The average winter temperature is 24.5 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 46.2 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 73.0 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 47.8 degrees F.


about 20 miles from the Wyoming border on the north side of the North Platte River, in the western Nebraska panhandle.
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History & History Related Items

Scottsbluff was named for Hiram Scott. He was a frontiersman who was left to die in 1829 near Laramie Fork by the members of the expedition he was leading. The strange thing was that in the Spring, his remains were found, not at Laramie Fork, but at the base of the bluffs - 60+ miles from where he was left. Those who were his friends knew of his desire to be buried on the bluffs. They believe it was a fulfillment of that desire. It wasn't long before his name was attached to the bluffs, making it Scotts Bluff.

The townsite itself was laid out in December 1899 by the Lincoln Land Company, but was, indeed, formed by the Burlington Northern Railroad of which the land company was a part. The railroad purchased most of the land from the McClenahan family. Around the turn of the century, the town had grown quite a bit. The first store was built by Winfield Evans. The first newspaper was the "Republican" and it was followed by the Herald in 1901. Eventually several weeklies were brought together by H.J. Wisner and A.B. Wood to form the Star-Herald in 1912. The Big Laramie and the Tri-State irrigation canals helped to promote the economy of the area with workers and new business. Later, the Great Western Sugar Company built a factory in Scottsbluff - around 1910. Scottsbluff had become a major trading center for the western Nebraska area. All the modern conveniences - phones, electricity, etc - came to Scottsbluff, helping it maintain its status as a busy and successful community.

Here is a history page for the area.
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Attractions in the area.

The city of Scottsbluff

Things to see and do in the Scottsbluff area.

The Riverside Zoo
A 23 acre zoological park with many animals and featuring a walk through aviary.
Between Scottsbluff and Gering on South Beltline Highway
1600 South Beltline West
Scotsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: 308-630-6236

Scotts Bluff National Monument
A 3,000 acre park, this was a prominent natural landmark for emigrants on the Oregon Trail
PO Box 27
Gering, NE 69341
Phone: 308-436-4340
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Scottsbluff City Government

City of Scottbluff
1818 Avenue A
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: 308-630-6226

Scottsbluff has a Council/Manager form of government with a 5 member city council

Scottsbluff Chamber

Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce
1517 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: (308) 632-2133
Fax: (308)-632-7128

Scottsbluff Community Events

A Calendar for Scottsbluff and Gering

Scottsbluff Organizations

Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce
1517 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: (308) 632-2133
Fax: (308)-632-7128

Scottsbluff Libraries

Scottsbluff Public Library
1809 Third Avenue
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: 308-630-6250
Fax: 308-630-6293

Scottsbluff Schools

Scottsbluff Public Schools
2601 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: 308-635-6200

Western Nebraska Home Educators Network
P.O. Box 925
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Phone: 623-2685
The Western Nebraska Home Educators Network is a support group for home school families in Eastern Wyoming and Western Nebraska. WNHEN offers a wide variety of activities and events as well as support and fellowship for area homeschoolers. For additional information log on to our website. Scottsbluff


The population of Scottsbluff was:
1990 - 13,711
2000 - 14,732

Scottsbluff is located in the Mountain Time Zone.

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