Loup City, the county seat of Sherman County, is located on the Middle Loup River in central Nebraska. State Highways 92 and 58 intersect at the west edge of the city. State Highway 10 from the south terminates at the west edge of Loup City. Loup City is 147 miles west of Omaha and 46 miles north of Interstate 80.
Loup City was the first permanent settlement in Sherman County which was named for Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. In 1871, Martin, William, and Cyrus Benschoter and William Walt stayed a short time in the area and were so favorably impressed with the beauty of the Loup Valley and the good earth that they spread word to friends and relatives that they had found the "garden spot of the world."
The first school district was formed in 1873 with J. Wesley Eddy serving as superintendent. Eddy was also the minister who performed marriages and church services in the area.
The years between 1873 and 1878 were diffucult years for the settlers. Reports of an impending Indian uprising and destruction of crops by grasshoppers scared many settlers into leaving. In 1875 conditions improved, and in 1876 the town began to prosper due to the increased travel to the Black Hills.
The First National Bank of Loup City, which is the present Sherman County Bank, was established in 1885. It is the only one of five banks that survived the hard times in Loup City.
The 'Loup City Times' newspaper changed to the 'Sherman County Times' in 1875. Like the banks, four other papers started in Loup City but only the Times survived.
In 1878, the number of settlers increased and in 1886, the Union Pacific Railroad laid tracks to Loup City. In 1887 the railroad, known today as the Burlington Northern, reached Loup City with its tracks.
The completion of Sherman Reservoir in 1963 added tourism to the expanding economic base that continues to grow with the area.
Electricity Loup City is provided retail electric service by Nebraska Public Power District.
Water and Sewer The municipal water system in Loup City is supplied by three wells. The city maintains a municipal sanitary sewer system and storm sewer system. For more information, contact the City Office at (308) 745-0222. For emergency service contact the City Shop (308) 745-1007.
Solid Waste Disposal Residential and commercial garbage service is provided through OK Sanitation Company, (308) 738-2323. A landfill is open to customers inside city limits for disposal of tree branches by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact the city shop at (308) 745-1007.
For more information, contact:
City Office ~ 134 S. 8th Street ~ Loup City, NE 68853
Phone: (308) 745-0222 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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