Brown County, Nebraska History and Genealogy


History has been defined as a "systematic written account of events." In presenting this sketch of some of the leading events of Brown County, Nebraska, I have endeavored to abide by that definition, though material of a reminiscent or narrative character may occasionally be included.

Another writer has said, "History is not made by documents, but by human beings." The material I have collected and arranged for this sketch was, in the main, given to me by the early residents of this county. To them I shall always feel indebted for their assistance in compiling the facts which make up our county history. It is all inscribed in never-fading pictures on the memory tablets of our pioneers, those brave men and woman who endured the hardships of life in a new country that it might become a place of civilization. It this sketch serves to call to mind the efforts of these pioneers to found homes and to bring law and order to an uncharted wilderness, it will have served its purpose. To those who came in later years, I trust it may bring a slight understanding of what it means to be a pioneer. Read more...

Additional Brown County Resources (There many names mentioned in each of the pages listed below.

Early Visitors


Outlaws and Native Americans

Outlaws and Pawnee Indians

Ranchers and Native Americans

Ft. Hartsuff and Fort Niobrara

Railroads and Cattlemen

Hard Winter


Establishing a New County

1883 Election

County Courthouse


Courts and Law and Order


Drought Years 1893-4-5

Homestead Act

Memories/Items of Interest

Settlers from Pennsylvania

Early Mills

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Ainsworth Reminiscent

Ainsworth Public School

Nannie Hogan

New County Seat ~ Springview

Memories of Long Pine




Firsts in Brown County

Winter of 1880-81

Items from Rock County

Authors Notes



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