Welcome to Kearney Nebraska, the next “Our Hometown”!
June 17, 2021
Welcome to our next “Our Hometown”, Kearney Nebraska!
Kearney is the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska. It is home to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The westward push of the railroad as the Civil War ended gave birth to the community.
The original settlement in the area was called Dobytown, located 2 miles southeast of the present-day Kearney. Later the city was moved and renamed after the nearby Fort Kearny (with an extra “e” added, but pronounced the same), a United States Army outpost along the Oregon Trail in the middle of the 19th century. The fort was named after Colonel (later General) Stephen W. Kearny. Kearney was incorporated on December 3, 1873.