Research on original boundaries of Buffalo County
Source: Bassett, Samuel, HISTORY OF BUFFALO COUNTY, l9l6
Page 13 - Original boundary of Buffalo County –
Buffalo County was created by the Territorial Legislature
meeting in 1854 and the boundary describes as beginning
"...at a point in the center of the Platte River, ten miles
east of the mouth of Wood River, running thence westward up
the southern channel of the Platte, to the mouth of Buffalo
Creek, thence north thirty miles - thence east to a point
directly north of the place of beginning, thence south to
the place of beginning. The seat of justice is hereby
located at Nebraska Centre."
"In a general way it can be said the east line of the county
thus established began at a point approximately south of the
present City of Grand Island, and the western line of the
county was near the present Village of Overton, Dawson
County. Later, in 1858-1871, the boundaries were changed to
conform to the present boundaries."
1848 - Fort Kearny military reservation
1866 - 2nd and 3rd standard township lines - by H. C. F.
Hackbusch (a standard
is a row)Range lines were run by George F. McClure 13, 14,
15, 16, 17, &
18 Township and section lines in ranges 13, 14, 15, and 16
run by Edwin
R. Farnsworth and H. C. F. Hackbusch.
1868 - Township and section lines in Range 17 and 18 run by
W. J. Allason
Source: Wayne Humphery, County Surveyor, October 27, 1989
Boundaries of counties are set by statute, surveyors
then, locate the boundaries described in the statutes. For
Nebraska Statutes establishing Buffalo County boundaries,
see SS 22-110. This law is based on GS 173 C12 paragraph 7,
Source: General Statutes of the State of Nebraska, 1873
[Passed and took effect March 3, 1873]
"An act defining the boundaries of certain counties.....
Sec. 7. The county of Buffalo is bounded as follows:
Commencing at a point where the dividing line between ranges
twelve and thirteen, crosses the southern channel of the
Platte river, thence up said channel to a point where the
dividing line between ranges eighteen and nineteen
intersects the same; thence east along said parallel to the
northeast corner of township twelve, north, of range
thirteen, west; thence south to the place of beginning"
References in margin:
1855 (paragraph) l,339.
1858 (paragraph) l,398.
1871 (paragraph) 1,199.