Lyons, Nebraska

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Lyons is a city in Burt County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 963 at the 2000 census. The city is named after its founder.



Waldo Lyon purchased the land and erected the first building in the community in 1868. After the arrival of the railroad in 1881, prosperity seemed assured and incorporation followed in 1884. Much of the community, including Main Street, is constructed of brick due to the large amount of clay found locally.

The founder was against the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and prohibition remained in force until overcome by a public referendum in 1974.


Lyons is located at 41°56′10″N 96°28′20″W / 41.93611°N 96.47222°W / 41.93611; -96.47222 (41.936110, -96.472255)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all of it land.

Lyons is on US Route 77, south of the Omaha Indian Reservation. It is west of the Missouri River.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 963 people, 423 households, and 280 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,377.2 people per square mile (531.2/km²). There were 474 housing units at an average density of 677.9/sq mi (261.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.13% White, 0.31% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.19% of the population.

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