Broken Bow, Nebraska

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Broken Bow is a city in Custer County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 3,491 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Custer County[4].

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History

According to the 1939 Federal Writers' Project Guide for Nebraska: “Broken Bow (alt. 2480, pop. 2715), platted in 1882, is a shipping center for livestock, hay, and grain. It has factories making cigars and brooms, two hotels, and an airport. After the Post Office Department had rejected several proposed names, Wilson Hewitt, a homesteader, suggested its present name on finding a broken bow on an old Indian burial ground.”

Geography

Broken Bow is located at 41°24′17″N 99°38′29″W / 41.404768°N 99.641312°W / 41.404768; -99.641312 (41.404768, -99.641312).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km2), all of it land.

The geographic center of Nebraska lies approximately 10 miles northwest of Broken Bow.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,491 people, 1,509 households, and 917 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,148.8 people per square mile (832.0/km2). There were 1,721 housing units at an average density of 1,059.3/sq mi (410.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.22% White, 0.17% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

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