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Sarpy County, Nebraska

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  • Lewy Diltz (1924 - 2005)
    World War 2 Army Veteran. * Residence : 1930 - Mission Hill, Yankton, South Dakota, United States* Residence : 1935 - Mission Hill, Yankton, South Dakota* Residence : 1940 - Township 93 Range 55, Yan...
  • Roy Dale Whetham (1926 - 2004)
    War 2 Navy Veteran.

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This was part of the territory of the Omaha people. Explored in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark expedition following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 by the United States, this area was settled by European-American fur traders, adventurers, farmers, and finally entrepreneurs. All initially depended on the Missouri River as a main transportation corridor and source of water. Sarpy County has served as the springboard for Nebraska's settlement and expansion. The county is named for Colonel Peter Sarpy, an early fur trader at Fontenelle's Post in the Bellevue area in the 1840s. He also had Sarpy's post in what became Decatur; Sarpy died in Plattsmouth in 1865.

The Omaha people were forced onto a reservation in the 19th century, losing most of their land to the United States who then opened it for settlement by non-Native Americans who were U.S. citizens or immigrants from certain (mostly European) countries.

Fort Crook, the U.S. Army post south of Bellevue, was established in the 1890s and added Offutt Field in the 1920s. Its Glenn L. Martin Bomber Plant produced over two thousand aircraft during World War II, including the notable B-29's Enola Gay and Bockscar. Offutt Air Force Base was the headquarters of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) during the Cold War and continues as the home of U.S. Strategic Command.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Communities

  • Avery
  • Beacon View
  • Bellevue
  • Chalco
  • Gilmore
  • Gretna
  • La Platte
  • La Vista
  • Linoma Beach
  • Meadow
  • Melia
  • Offutt AFB
  • Papillion (County Seat)
  • Portal
  • Richfield
  • Springfield



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places