Ogallala, Nebraska

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Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,930 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Keith County[3]. In the days of the Nebraska Territory, the city was a stop on the Pony Express and later along the transcontinental railroad. The Ogallala Aquifer was named after the city.



Ogallala first gained fame as a terminus for cattle drives that traveled from Texas to the Union Pacific railhead located there. These trails are known as the Western or Great Western trails.[4][5] The Union Pacific Railroad reached Ogallala on May 24, 1867.[6] The city itself was not laid out until 1875 and not incorporated until 1930.[7]


Ogallala is located at 41°7′44″N 101°43′10″W / 41.12889°N 101.71944°W / 41.12889; -101.71944 (41.128806, -101.719460)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.76%) is water.

Ogallala is in the US Mountain Time Zone (UTC-7/-6).

Ogallala is close to Lake McConaughy, a large man-made lake and a state recreation area with sandy beaches, boating, and swimming.

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