Kearney, Nebraska

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Kearney is a city located in the south central region of the present-day U.S. state of Nebraska.  Prior to invasions by those of European descent, this area was inhabited by both the Sioux and Pawnee peoples.  Sadly, despite heavy fighting against their settler occupiers, they were removed from this area.  As for the city of Kearney, Nebraska itself, it was first established as Dobytown prior to the 1880s.  Dobytown was eventually moved and renamed to ‘Kearny’ in honor of Fort Kearny, which was a local U.S. Army outpost “along the Oregon Trail in the middle of the 19th century.”  Fort Kearny itself was named in honor of Colonel (and later General) Stephen W. Kearny.  Over time, according to Mark Ellis’ 2006 book Kearney, the town’s name developed into its current spelling because “the [extra] ‘e’ [towards the end of the name] was added by mistake…by postmen who consistently misspelled the town name.  Eventually, it just stuck.”

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Kearney, Nebraska has a total population of 33,520 people.

Economically, Kearney, Nebraska is known for headquartering the companies Citizens Telecommunications Company of Nebraska and Buckle.  According to Buffalo County Economic Development, Kearney Nebraska’s largest non-manufacturing employers include Good Samaritan Hospital, which is responsible for over 1,000 local jobs, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, which is also responsible for employing over 1,000 locals, and Kearney Public Schools, which has anywhere between 750 and 1,000 employees.  As for the city’s top manufacturing employers, these include Baldwin Filters, Eaton, and West Pharmaceutical Services.

Kearney, Nebraska may be most famous as the home of the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument.  The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, which was built between 1997 and 2000, is “a museum and monument to Nebraska’s and the Platte River valley’s role in westward expansion.”  This museum was built as an archway hanging 300 feet directly over Interstate 80.  “The Archway takes visitors along trails, rails, and highways” in an historical odyssey spanning the 1840s to the 1950s.

Kearney, Nebraska is also home to the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Established in 1905 as the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney, the University of Nebraska at Kearney is the Kearney campus of the University of Nebraska System.  As of Fall 2014 semester, it has 7,052 total students enrolled into its various programs.  Also on its campus is the George W. Frank House, a mansion listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  It was built in 1889 in the Shingle and Richardsonian styles of architecture.

Currently, the city of Kearney, Nebraska is home to only one professional sporting franchise of note.  United States Hockey League’s Tier I junior ice hockey Tri-City Storm play their home games in the Viaero Center.  The Viaero Center has a seating capacity fit for 5,500 individuals.  The Tri-City Storm have one Anderson Cup and one Clark Cup to their names.  Other sporting events in the city of Kearney, Nebraska include the Shrine Bowl State High School All-Star Football Game, which was moved there from Lincoln, Nebraska in 2013.

Any chance you could possibly be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Kearney, Nebraska area?  If not, have you ever possibly considered becoming such an entrepreneur?  If so, you need look no further!  Below, we have provided potential entrepreneurs, such as yourself, with an assortment of helpful business resources:

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