|Loup County was defined by the Nebraska Legislature on February 23, 1883. Originally there was a Loup County in Nebraska created March 6, 1855 and it included lands now in the present-day Platte and Colfax counties. The first permanent white settlement occurred in the present Loup County starting circa 1870.The Loup County seat, Taylor, won in a fierce battle with Kent, Almeria, and Clarke’s Point on May 3, 1883. Taylor won over Almeria by only two votes. The first county seat was temporarily situated at Kent. Taylor’s current population is about 280. County population is under 800: largest county census was in 1910 showing a count of 2188.Post offices in Loup County between 1870 and 1990 have included Taylor, Almeria, Ovitt, Moulton, Valleyview, Gracie, Harrop, Ferguson, Cooleyton, Butka, Calamus, Fox, Crane, Munson, Strohl, Nunda, Kent, and Prime. Almeria Post Office closed in 1984. Only Taylor Post Office is still operating. All of the others closed long before.
There are two major rivers running through Loup County; the North Loup and the Calamus. Creeks include the Sioux, Gracie, Dry, Spring, Bloody and Skull.
There are two major highways bisecting the county. U.S. Highway 183 runs north-south and Nebraska Highway 91 goes east-west.
Loup County has its share of attractions:
Important yearly events include the Loup County Fair held in Taylor in August, Taylor High School Rodeo in early June, Loup County High School alumni banquet in October and an occasional July 4th celebration in Taylor.
Cemeteries in Loup County include Taylor, Madison Square, Kent, Moulton, Almeria, Gracie and Long Valley. The first five are still in use. The latter two are cared for by the Loup County Historical Society. (Loup County Historical Society contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.)
Some interesting history: Amos Harris, reportedly Nebraska’s first black cowboy, and his wife Eliza ranged cattle in Loup County Territory in the North Loup Valley. “Doc” Middleton and “Kid” Wade, cattle and horse rustlers, were operational in Loup County’s earliest days. Loup County probably owns the record in Nebraska for having the most mils of railroad grade built within its confines but never had an inch of railroad track laid. The Loup County High School Wildcats football team won the Nebraska Class D-3 6-man State Football Championship in 1988 and won State runner-up in 1989.
Indian “skirmishes” in Loup County consisted of the Spring Creek Incident of 1870, the Battle of Sioux Creek in 1873 and the Battle of the Blowout in 1876 which was near the Loup-Garfield county line in northeast Loup County.
Interested in more Loup County history? Please contact:
Loup County Historical Society
Loup County online http://www.co.loup.ne.us/