Henry Allen, Jr., was born March 17, 1844 in the northern part of Ireland. Henry married Elizabeth Holmes and had daughters --Sarah, Mary, and Martha--they came by covered wagon to Nebraska and took a Homestead in Dixon County in 1870 where the town of Allen is presently located. In 1890 Mr. and Mrs. Henry Allen began the history of Allen when they sold 40 acres of their land to the Pacific Town Site Company to develop a town. After a good deal of discussion it was decided to name the town "Allen". Construction of the Sioux City and Ogden Short Line Railroad began in 1890.
Allen, Nebraska is a peaceful farming community located in the Northeast region of the state and home to over 377 residents. Its clean air, peaceful rural atmosphere and family-based living is just a short commute from many metropolitan areas.