West Point, Nebraska

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West Point is a city in and the county seat of Cuming County, Nebraska, United States.[3] The population was 3,660 at the 2000 census.

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History

West Point was first founded in the spring of 1857, when Omaha businessmen formed the Nebraska Settlement Association in order to find suitable townsites in the Elkhorn Valley. Uriah, John, and Andrew Bruner (three brothers, originally from Pennsylvania), and William Sexauer chose the present location on a bend along a river, which they called New Philadelphia. The name was soon changed to West Point because it was the westernmost outpost along the valley.

West Point became the county seat of Cuming County on October 12, 1858 after winning the election over the community of DeWitt. A total of 19 votes were split between the two towns with West Point obtaining 12 votes. By the spring of 1859, over 4,000 Pawnee natives flooded the Elkhorn Valley during a hunting excursion and, displeased to find white settlers in the valley, burned several homesteads and killed livestock. The so-called Pawnee War ended near Battle Creek without a fight.

West Point grew slowly at first, but with the coming of the railroad in 1870, it boomed to a population of over 700.

Geography

West Point is located at 41°50′23″N 96°42′41″W / 41.83972°N 96.71139°W / 41.83972; -96.71139 (41.839635, -96.711406)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²), all of it land. West Point lies on the eastern bank of the Elkhorn River.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,660 people, 1,432 households, and 946 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,479.2 people per square mile (572.1/km²). There were 1,552 housing units at an average density of 627.3/sq mi (242.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.02% White, 0.22% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 5.74% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.02% of the population.

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