Fremont, Nebraska

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Fremont is a city in and the county seat of Dodge County, Nebraska, United States,[3] near Omaha in the eastern part of the state. The population was 26,023 at the 2000 census. The Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, is named after the hometown of two of its founders, L. H. Griffith and E. Blewettcity.[citation needed]

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History

From the 1830s to the 1860s, the area saw a great deal of traffic due to the Mormon Trail, which passed along the north bank of the Platte River. It was a major overland route for settlers, the military and hunters.

Fremont was founded in 1856, and was named after the American explorer, politician and military official General John C. Frémont. A colorful article about the early history Fremont can be found in this article.

Due to its geographically central location, the First Transcontinental Telegraph line (1861), railroad (1866) and highway (1913) passed through or very near Fremont. You can still drive on some of the original brick portions of the "Old Lincoln Highway" located east of Fremont, on the way to Omaha.

On January 10, 1976, in downtown Fremont, the Pathfinder Hotel exploded due to a natural gas leak in the basement. At the time the hotel was being used as apartments, mostly occupied by senior citizens. It also was a meeting place for philanthropic and business organizations, and had a drug store on the northwest corner. This explosion shattered windows around the city and the ensuing fire killed 23 people and destroyed most of the city block which the hotel sat on.

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