Alliance, Nebraska

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Alliance is a city in Box Butte County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 8,959 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Box Butte County.[3]

Alliance is the home to Carhenge (a replica of Stonehenge constructed with automobiles), which is located just north of the city.



Alliance is located at 42°6′5″N 102°52′13″W / 42.10139°N 102.87028°W / 42.10139; -102.87028 (42.101382, -102.870272).[4]

It is located at the western edge of Nebraska's Sand Hills.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.4 km²), of which, 4.8 square miles (12.4 km²) of it is land and 0.21% is water.


The town was originally named Grand Lake. When the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad came to Grand Lake in 1888, the railroad superintendent, G.W. Holdrege, wanted to change it to a simple one-word name closer to the beginning of the alphabet, which he thought would be better for business. The U.S. Post Office gave Holdrege permission, and he picked "Alliance" for the new name of the town.

The Alliance Army Airfield was established in 1942. Construction was completed in August 1943 and the Army Air Corps used the facility as a training base until the end of World War II. The facility was transferred from the federal government to the City of Alliance in 1953 and is currently in use as the Alliance Municipal Airport.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,959 people, 3,565 households, and 2,392 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,879.1 people per square mile (725.2/km²). There were 4,062 housing units at an average density of 852.0/sq mi (328.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.09% White, 0.49% African American, 3.40% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.31% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.94% of the population.

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