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Nebraska Counties There is 93 Counties in state of Nebraska.
Chase County, Nebraska
Chase County History, Geography, and Demographics
County Seat: Imperial
Year Organized: 1873
Square Miles: 894
921 Broadway, P.O. Box 1299
Imperial, NE 69033-1299
Etymology - Origin of County Name
The county was named after Champion S. Chase, who served as
mayor of Omaha for seven years and was Nebraska's first Attorney General.
Census Bureau Quick Facts
It was once said that excluding ranch
owners, their wives and their cooks, at the time Chase County was organized in
1886 it was populated entirely by cowboys. Part of the reason for such a
statement may have been the fact that at one time the Frenchman River, which
traverses the county, was used as a watering stop for cattle drives that
traveled from Texas to Ogallala.
But being situated on the broad, fertile plateau once referred to as the "Great
American Desert," early settlers quickly discovered Chase County's dark sandy
loam soil was excellent for farming. Today, records indicate that more than 30
percent of the county's 576,000 acres are irrigated. Another 25 percent are
involved in dryland crop operations. The remaining acres are range land. Wheat,
corn, beans and beets are today the principal crops, with livestock production
being of equal importance to the county's economy.
The organization of Chase County began in 1886, but it was not until Feb. 27,
1873 that the county boundaries were officially established by the Legislature.
Previous to that, Chase and Hayes County were one. The county was named after
Champion S. Chase, who served as mayor of Omaha for seven years and was
Nebraska's first Attorney General.
A Canadian emigrant, Thomas Mercier, settled on the site that would eventually
become the county seat. It is said that Mercier laid out the town and gave it
its name, presumably after the British Imperial government.
Several towns within the county competed to become the county seat. It took
three elections before any town received a majority of the votes. That town was
Imperial and in 1889 the first courthouse was built. For more than 20 years the
courthouse was the social center of the community. The building was home to
church services, school programs and social balls, in addition to housing the
local government offices. But in 1910 the building was destroyed by fire. The
following year a new brick and cement courthouse replaced it. That building is
still in use today.
Cities and Towns:
- Imperial (County Seat)
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