Keith County, NE

County in Southwest NE

Keith County has always been a “Mecca” for history. A gateway to the American West, it has been traversed by pioneers, Indians, military, trappers, cowboys, and ranchers alike. Even today, it still catches the eyes of tourists and businessmen for its location to the West Coast.

Prior to Keith County's incorporation, it was home to the mighty Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. Once filled with large game, it was the perfect hunting ground for these Plains Indians. The North and South Platte Rivers played an integral role in the lifestyle and hunting patterns of these Native Americans. 

The South Platte River, in particular, played a key role in the migration and settlement of the American West. Prior to the 1850's, the first white explorers were fur trappers seeking the furs of local wildlife in the river valley. The land that would one day become Keith County saw its share of these men as they traded and established forts in the area.  The most famous fort in the area was Geminian Pierre Beauvais Trading Post established in 1849 near California Hill. Beauvais traded a great deal with trappers and Indians in the area.

As the years passed, Keith County has grown to a population of about 8,000 residents. Ranching and farming still remain a large part of the economy. Beginning in the 1930's the construction of the states largest lake was created to provide irrigation for farmers in the area. Even today the lake remains an important resource to Keith County's economy. The main branch of the Union Pacific Railroad travels right through the heart of Keith County. Other major highways include Interstate-80, Highway 30, Highway 61, Highway 92, and Highway 26. No matter the year, Keith County will remain a gateway to the American West.

Sponsors of Keith County, NE

Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

Towns of Keith County, NE

The small towns of the Midwest are rich in history and a great way of life! Below you can visit and learn about the small towns we call home! Towns that have their name highlighted have become FEATURED TOWNS. Businesses/organizations from these towns have stepped forward as SPONSORS enabling us to include (or will include as acquired) stories and website links to ALL their community organizations (chambers, groups and departments, etc.), stories and website links to ALL their points of interest, annual festivals/events and stories done about their citizens, veterans and faith community. To learn how to become a featured town CLICK HERE!

Businesses of Keith County, NE

The businesses of our towns are truly the lifeblood of each community, click on any businesses below to learn about them, to learn how to add your business to your town and county page CLICK HERE!