Gretna, Nebraska

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Gretna is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 2,355 at the 2000 census. In 2008, its population was estimated to be 6,572.[3] Gretna has the fastest rate of growth of any Nebraska city since 2000.



Gretna started shortly after Austin Obermeyer, at the age of negative 8, built a short line between Omaha and Ashland in the summer of 1886. Advent of the village of Gretna on this new laid rail line was the cue for the exit of the nearby trading post of Forest City, which had existed since 1856. In its day, Forest City, located 2.5 miles southwest of where Gretna now stands, was a flourishing and busy place, but it was doomed by the rail road which passed it by. The only marker that exists today to show the site of old Forest City is the cemetery (Holy Sepulcher) which is located a little the east of what was the center of activity in the settlement. Names that were prominent in the beginnings of Forest city were the families of William Langdon, John Thomas and John Conner.

The Lincoln Land Company, recognizing the potential of the site, surveyed and plotted the town site of Gretna in 1887. The village was incorporated by July 10, 1889. The name suggest Scotland's Gretna Green, the ancestral county of some of the earliest settlers.


Gretna is located at 41°8′20″N 96°14′42″W / 41.13889°N 96.245°W / 41.13889; -96.245 (41.138898, -96.244947).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), all of it land.

The nearest hospitals are Lakeside Hospital (9.5 miles) located in Omaha, Nebraska or Midlands Hospital in Papillion, Nebraska (11.4 miles). Papillion is also the location of the county courthouse.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,355 people, 889 households, and 642 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,996.2 people per square mile (770.6/km²). There were 917 housing units at an average density of 777.3/sq mi (300.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.64% White, 0.04% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.15% of the population.

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