Davenport, Nebraska

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Davenport is a village in Thayer County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 339 at the 2000 census.



In 1872, the village was platted by the Nebraska Land and Town Company, and the St. Joseph and Denver City railroad line (later taken over by Union Pacific) was built through the site of village. In 1887, the village was officially incorporated. In 1888, North Western Railroad also built a line through the village. Two railroad lines with passenger and freight service brought much business to the village and helped support several hotels.[3]

The public school was established in 1877. A Methodist Society was organized in 1881, a Church of Christ in 1882, Christ's Lutheran Church in 1892, and St. Peter's Lutheran in 1912.[4]

Major fires destroyed large sections of the business district in 1889 and 1917. [5]


Davenport is located at 40°18′48″N 97°48′45″W / 40.313312°N 97.812490°W / 40.313312; -97.812490 (40.313312, -97.812490).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 339 people, 160 households, and 106 families residing in the village. The population density was 513.0 people per square mile (198.3/km2). There were 180 housing units at an average density of 272.4/sq mi (105.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.23% White, 0.29% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

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