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Harlan County, Nebraska

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Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Harlan County, Nebraska.

A party of forty men from eastern Nebraska settled near the site of present-day Orleans in August 1870. In 1871, a party from the Wyoming Territory, led by Thomas Harlan, settled near present-day Alma, which was named after a settler's daughter. In that year, Harlan County was separated from Lincoln County by the Nebraska state legislature. Accounts differ as to the county's namesake: either Thomas Harlan, or James Harlan, who was U.S. Secretary of the Interior between 1865 and 1866.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Villages

  • Alma (County Seat
  • Huntley
  • Orleans
  • Oxford (part)
  • Ragan
  • Republican City
  • Stamford

Other Townships & Communities: Albany, Antelope, Eldorado, Emerson, Fairfield, Madcot, Mullally, Oxford Junction, Prairie Dog, Reuben, Sappa, Scandinavia, Spring Grove, Turkey Creek and Washington



Genealogy Trails

Prairie Dog Creek Bridge

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