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History by Kevin P. Brown

Loup County was organized in 1883. The first white men settled here sometime prior to 1873 and lived a few miles southeast of Taylor in the Sioux Creek-Kent area. The first county seat was situated at Kent but was wrestled away by Taylor shortly after in 1883.

The population continued to grow as the homeseekers arrived, particularly following the Kinkaid Act of 1904 which helped to settle the Sandhills areas of Nebraska and the northern part of Loup County. According to theApri121, 1904, Taylor Clarion, there were 21Y7 ,780 acres of Loup County land that came under the Kinkaid Acts. By 1930, however, census figures had dropped significantly and have continued in that pattern. The most recent estimates place the county population at around 850.

Loup County had a fair number of rural post offices and communities when more people lived here and roads and transportation were poorer. Kent, Munson, Strohl, Almeria, Nunda, Crane, Cooleyton (Madison Square), Moulton, Butka, Prime, Ferguson, Gracie, Calamus, Fox, Ovitt, Valleyview, and Harrop were once operational in addition to the post office at Taylor . Today offices operate only at Taylor (population 250) and at Almeria, an unincorporated village 10 miles west and north of Taylor. Almeria, founded in 1884, also features a community hall used for many functions across the country.

Two rivers ( the North Loup and the Calamus) and two highways (U.S. 183 and State Highway 91) are vital to the county. Both rivers are scenic at all times of the year. The name "calamus" is

A K-12 accredited, county-wide school operates in Taylor. A new grade school building was completed for Loup County Public School in 1982. Redistricting was completed in 1971 and went into effect in the fall of 1972. Before that, Loup County had had up to 42 operating school districts.

The village square at Taylor is distinctive, accentuated by ancient, shady cottonwoods in the central park. Most of the year the town is rather quiet, but when Loup County Fair time rolls around in mid-August, the county seat becomes a whirlwind of activity.

The Taylor Clarion is the county's oldest continuing business. Founded at Kent in 1883, the office later moved to Taylor where it has remained. The Bank of Taylor was founded in 1905 and is housed in a unique facility built in 1914. Region 26 Communications Center which serves Blaine, Loup, Garfield, Wheeler, Custer, Valley, Sherman, and Greeley counties is also headquartered in Taylor. A log cabin museum, constructed in 1941, contains many artifacts. Each log of the cabin was donated by a Loup County pioneer family. About 500 people toured the museum on July 4, 1983. There are two churches, the Methodist and the Assembly of God. The once grand Pavillion Hotel was built in 1887 and serves as Taylor's most prominent landmark. Still in use today, there is talk of a major restoration of the complex in the future.

Loup County is totally agriculture oriented, both in farming and in ranching. Fine cattle of many breeds can be found at any number of large and small ranches. The Upstream Ranch north of Taylor is well known as are others including the Liddy, Gracie Creek Ranch, Circle A, and Wallace River Ranch to name a few.

Loup County's Centennial was impressively observed in 1983 with major celebrations during the July 4 holiday and the County Fair in August. Some of the friendliest Nebraskans to be found in the state call Loup County home.  




Loup County Historical Society, Taylor, NE 68879-0102

Created by Patricia C. Ash 2002

Updated: 24 April 2003