Cherry County, Nebraska

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Cherry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. It was named for Lt. Samuel A. Cherry, an Army officer who was stationed at Fort Niobrara and who had been killed in South Dakota in 1881.[1] The population was 6,148 at the 2000 census. Its county seat is Valentine.[2] Cherry is located in the Outback area of Nebraska.[3]

In the Nebraska license plate system, Cherry County is represented by the prefix 66 (it had the sixty-sixth-largest number of vehicles registered in the state when the license plate system was established in 1922).



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,010 square miles (15,565.8 km2). 5,961 square miles (15,438.9 km2) is land and 49 square miles (126.9 km2) (0.82%) is water.[4] It is by far the largest county in land area in Nebraska and larger than the states of Connecticut, Delaware, or Rhode Island. The county is within what is known as the Sand Hills region of Nebraska, the dunes which lent the region its name being the end result of the last ice age, known as the Pinedale glaciation. During the Holocene glacial retreat the sand dunes, which had been deposited in their current location by the vast continental glaciers, were exposed and grasses eventually took over.

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