Village of Harrison

Village of Harrison (HM657)

Location: Harrison, NE 69346 Sioux County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 41.471', W 103° 52.826'

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A railroad camp named Summit (elev. 4876 ft.) was located on this site in 1884. When the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad reached here in 1886, an unincorporated townsite named Bowen was platted and designated the county seat of Sioux County. On June 20, 1887, the name was changed from Bowen to Harrison. The village of Harrison was incorporated on April 7, 1888. A school, county courthouse, and church were built in 1888-1889. Until a community well could be dug, water had to be hauled five miles by wagon from Sow Belly Canyon.

Although the Kinkaid 640 acre Homestead Act of 1904 caused a rapid influx of settlers into Sioux County, Harrison grew more slowly, reaching its peak population of 500 in 1940. After World War II, a trend toward larger farms and ranches, mechanization, and improved transportation led to a loss of population. In its centennial year of 1986, Harrison (pop.360) remained the only incorporated town in Sioux County and the principal educational, governmental and trade center for its citizens, many of whom were descendants of pioneer settlers.
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HM NumberHM657
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
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Marker Number302
Placed ByNebraska State Historical Society; Citizens of Harrison
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 1:50pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 591710 N 4727129
Decimal Degrees42.69118333, -103.88043333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 41.471', W 103° 52.826'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 41' 28.26" N, 103° 52' 49.56" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10 Kate St, Harrison NE 69346, US
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