Neligh, Nebraska

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Neligh is a city in Antelope County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,651 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Antelope County[3]. The city's name is pronounced NEE-lee (IPA: /ˈniːliː/).[4]



In 1872, while misunderstanding the ideal location he was selling, Omaha banker Herman Kountze sold the land required to develop Neligh. He was not aware it would make the ideal county seat, which Neligh eventually became.[5]


Neligh is located at 42°7′48″N 98°1′45″W / 42.13°N 98.02917°W / 42.13; -98.02917 (42.130011, -98.029103)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.5 km²) of it is land and 1.04% is water.

Until 1992, Neligh was served by the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. The line, known as the "Cowboy Line", ran from Norfolk to Chadron, NE. The line was removed and "railbanked". It is now part of the longest bike trail in Nebraska.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,651 people, 697 households, and 443 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,731.7 people per square mile (671.0/km²). There were 771 housing units at an average density of 808.7/sq mi (313.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.97% White, 0.55% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.45% of the population.

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