Thurston County, Nebraska

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Thurston County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 7,171. Its county seat is Pender[1].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Thurston County is represented by the prefix 55 (it had the fifty-fifth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska (Ho-Chunk) and the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska have reservations in Thurston County. Together, these two reservations officially comprise the entire land area of the county.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 396 square miles (1,026 km²), of which, 394 square miles (1,020 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) of it (0.62%) is water. The land area of the county is completely comprised from the Omaha and Winnebago Indian reservations.

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Thurston County was formed in 1889 from land that had been divided between Dakota and Burt counties since the dissolution of Blackbird County in 1879. It was named after United States Senator John M. Thurston.[2]

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