North Bend, Nebraska

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North Bend is a city in Dodge County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,213 at the 2000 census.



North Bend is located at 41°27′51″N 96°46′51″W / 41.46417°N 96.78083°W / 41.46417; -96.78083 (41.464285, -96.780874)[3]. It lies on the north bank of the Platte River,[4] at the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and Nebraska Highway 79. The main east-west line of the Union Pacific Railroad passes through the city.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.


The site of North Bend was settled in 1856 by a party of Scottish immigrants. En route from Lake Zurich, Illinois to Kansas,[6] they stopped at a bend at the northernmost point of the Platte River,[7] where they were invited to an impromptu Fourth of July celebration at a newly-founded townsite named Emerson. Finding the site congenial, and concerned about the "Border War" in Kansas,[6] they opted to remain there, founding a nearby townsite that they named Franklin.[7]

The site grew with the arrival of new parties of settlers. One such party brought a steam-powered sawmill and meal-grinder,[6] the first steam mill in Dodge County.[8] In 1858, Emerson's name was changed to Wallace, after a Philadelphia philanthropist who had offered to build a library in any town taking his name.[6]

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