The village of Kearney Junction was platted in the summer of 1871 and the junction of the two railroads was completed on September 18, 1872. In the fall of 1873, a bridge was completed across the Platte, connecting Kearney with the rapidly developing areas to the south. The City of Kearney was incorporated on December 3, 1873 and became the county seat of Buffalo County in 1874.
Kearney developed rapidly as an industrial, agricultural, and cultural center. The railroads and the promise of industry offered by the new Kearney Canal, which was completed in 1886, brought many investors from the East, and by 1892 the population reached the 10,000 mark. This golden era launched the Kearney Cotton Mill, the famed 1733 Ranch, a splendid five-story opera house, and on of the state's first electric street railways.
|Series||This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series|
|Placed By||Kearney Centennial Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:45pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14T E 492369 N 4503830|
|Decimal Degrees||40.68533333, -99.09030000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 41.12', W 99° 5.418'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 41' 7.20" N, 99° 5' 25.08" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 601-693 W 11th St, Kearney NE 68845, US|
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