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The first settlers of Wauneta were George Rowley and his wife who came here in 1875. They built a large sod house where the county's first white child was born, Earl Champion Rowley. George Rowley was later killed by Cheyenne Indians on his way home from Ogallala. The Rowley's owned a piano on which Mrs. Rowley played and sang for the trappers, cowboys and other settlers when they stopped in to rest. One of their favorites was a Spanish love song, "Juanita." When the town was founded in 1887, the town was named for this song. Since there was another town of Juanita in Nebraska, the post office changed the spelling to "Wauneta."
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When we pulled into town, it was Sunday morning, every business was
closed and everyone was in church. We waited for church to be over as we
needed to buy some gasoline and get some food to eat. When the church bells rang, the people poured out of the church and came directly to where we were sitting. The station owner took our car keys and filled the tank, checked the oil, and a few other things. And his wife took us home for Sunday dinner with the family! She even packed us a lunch to take along as we continued our journey. The nicest people in the world live in Wauneta, Nebraska!
Thank you for the opportunity to tell the world about Wauneta. That little town has been in my heart for 45 years!
Wauneta Libraries Wauneta Public Library
319 N. Tecumseh
Wauneta, Nebraska 69045
Phone: 308 394-5243
Wauneta-Palisade High School
Miscellany The population of Wauneta was:
1990 - 675
2000 - 625