Sidney, Nebraska

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Sidney is a city in Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,282 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cheyenne County[3].

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History

The city was named for Sidney Dillon, a railroad attorney.[4] It was founded in 1867 by the Union Pacific and grew up around the military base of Fort Sidney (also known as Sidney Barracks), where soldiers were stationed to guard the transcontinental railroad from potential Indian attacks. The town became the southern terminus of the Sidney Black Hills Stage Road which used Clarke's Bridge (near Bridgeport, Nebraska) to allow military and civilian traffic to reach Fort Robinson, Red Cloud Agency, Spotted Tail Agency, Custer, South Dakota, and Deadwood, South Dakota in the late 1870s and 1880s.

Geography

Sidney is located at 41°8′22″N 102°58′42″W / 41.13944°N 102.97833°W / 41.13944; -102.97833 (41.139428, -102.978323)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16.0 km²), all of it land.

Sidney is toward the western edge of the midwestern wheat-growing region. West of the city, the land is increasingly used for cattle ranching. Sidney is located along Lodgepole Creek, which is along present-day Interstate 80.

The city is presently located at the junction of US 385 with I-80, and its location approximately halfway between Cheyenne, Wyoming and North Platte, Nebraska has encouraged the growth of the city as a major transportation service area on the Interstate Highway. Because the I-80/US 385 interchange is located several miles southeast of the town center, a new commercial area has developed, including truck stops, convenience stores, the Cabela's world headquarters, a Super Wal-Mart, motels, restaurants, and other commercial enterprises. In recent years, the city has seen further growth with the construction of commercial power wind-farms in this portion of the Nebraska Panhandle and adjacent areas of Colorado, including Peetz, Colorado.

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