Harrisburg, Nebraska

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Harrisburg is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Banner County, Nebraska, United States.[3] It is part of the Scottsbluff, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 75 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Harrisburg is located at 41°33′16″N 103°44′25″W / 41.55444°N 103.74028°W / 41.55444; -103.74028 (41.554553, -103.740379)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.9 km²), all of it land.

History

Harrisburg, and all of Banner County, were originally part of Cheyenne County and began with a homestead in 1884. A settlement, at first called Randall and then Centropolis, developed around this and neighboring homesteads. In November, 1888, Cheyenne County subdivided into five counties, and the settlement was included in the territory which became Banner County. Its county seat was originally located at Ashford, a few miles northeast. However, in 1889 Charles Schooley, a settler, donated part of his land for the development of a formal town. A migrant from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Schooley designated this town to be named after his hometown and it was formally recorded as Harrisburg, Nebraska, on 29 May 1889.[citation needed]

Because of its central location, Harrisburg became the home base for stagecoach and mail carrier lines in the county, and the county government moved its operations from Ashford in mid-1891. By 1892, Harrsiburg had two hotels, two livery stables, a brickwork, a cheese factory, two banks and three newspapers. It was the principal community for the county, which was almost entirely devoted to wheat farming and cattle ranching. In 1951, oil (which had first been discovered in 1919) became the county's third commodity.[citation needed]

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