About York, Nebraska
The Wessels Living History Farm is located just south of the vibrant
community of York, Nebraska. Below is a QuickTimeVR movie taken frmom
the southwest corner of town square with the county courthouse in the
background. [You can explore downtown by clicking and dragging your mouse
in the direction you want to go.] You
can also see one of the major city parks in this VR movie.
The City of York was founded in 1869 by the South Platte Land Company,
and was named after York, England, and York, Pennsylvania. The city grew
as the county seat and farm trading center, and was incorporated in 1875.
Since the turn of the 20th century, York's population has gradually increased
from 5,132 to more than 8,000.
Located on the "Nebraska City Cut-off" of the famous Oregon Trail, York
was a stopping place for many early-day travelers. By 1872, the town was
flourishing with commerce. The Burlington Railroad built a line to York
in 1877. In 1882, the York Foundry was started. The York Public Library
was established by the Women's Club in 1885, and York College was founded
York is a major crossroads -- U.S. Highway 81 and Interstate 80 run border
to border across the state and meet in York. U.S. Highway 81 is the Pan
American Highway and is being upgraded to a four-lane, divided expressway
which reflects its continued north-south importance. Additionally, the
Burlington Northern Railroad mainline traverses the City of York.
York is 1,633 feet above sea level. Approximately 85 percent of the area
is upland and level to gently rolling. The solid, predominately Hastings
silt loam has a good water holding capacity and provides the area with
some of the richest agricultural land in the state. Drainage by three
streams (Blue, Beaver, and Lincoln) is excellent.
The York area looks forward to continued agricultural, industrial, and
economic growth. The City of York has a diverse economic base including
manufacturing, meat processing, agribusiness, trucking, professional services,
medical, wholesaling, retailing and convention/travel-related industries.
York County ranked in the top three Nebraska counties in the production
of corn for grain during the last five years. The area is blessed with
stable agriculture production due, in part, to an abundant source of irrigation
water supplied by the Ogallala Aquifer.