Chadron, Nebraska

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Chadron (pronounced /ˈʃædrən/ SHAD-rən) is a city in Dawes County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,634 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Dawes County[3]. Chadron is the home of Chadron State College.

Chadron also is the United States Forest Service headquarters of the Nebraska and Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests, and the Buffalo Gap, Fort Pierre, and Oglala National Grasslands. The Museum of the Fur Trade is located near Chadron, at the site of the American Fur Company's former Bordeaux Trading Post.

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History

Chadron is named for Louis Chartran, a fur trapper who ran a trading post on Bordeaux Creek in 1841.

In 1884 the town was formally established when the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad passed through the area from Omaha, Nebraska en route to Wyoming. Among the founders of the town were businessman Charles Henry King and his wife Martha. King established retail and freight businesses and banks in towns along the railroad's route, and capitalized on the flow of settlers and pioneers. Four of the five King children were born in Chadron, including their second son Leslie Lynch King. In 1908 the family moved to Omaha. In 1912 Leslie married, and in July 1913 became the father of future president, Gerald Ford.

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