Indianola, Nebraska

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Indianola is a city in Red Willow County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 642 at the 2000 census. On 27 March 2004, a fire that started in the town's only grocery store destroyed the store and the city offices.[citation needed]

In its early days, Indianola was the county seat of Red Willow County. After the railroad opted to locate its mid-point terminal on the Omaha to Denver route in McCook rather than in Indianola (McCook offered free land for the rail yard whereas a private citizen in Indianola requested a large sum for his land thinking it was a done deal), population shifted to McCook and after several attempts, some violent, the county offices were moved to McCook.

Located in the City Park of Indianola is the grave of a Pawnee woman who died of wounds received at the battle between the Sioux and Pawnee tribes at Massacre Canyon just east of Trenton, Nebraska. Originally she was buried northwest of town on a bluff overlooking Coon Creek. In the 1970s, it became obvious that erosion would eventually destroy her gravesite, and in 1975 she was reburied in the park, with representatives of the Pawnee tribe participating in the ceremony.[3]


Indianola is located at 40°14′9″N 100°25′9″W / 40.23583°N 100.41917°W / 40.23583; -100.41917 (40.235822, -100.419296)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 642 people, 275 households, and 183 families residing in the city. The population density was 514.9 people per square mile (198.3/km²). There were 325 housing units at an average density of 260.6/sq mi (100.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.66% White, 0.93% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.62% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.40% of the population.

There were 275 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 101.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.5 males.

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