Bethany, Nebraska
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Bethany, Nebraska
Cotner Boulevard in the Bethany neighborhood in Lincoln, NE.
Cotner Boulevard in the Bethany neighborhood in Lincoln, NE.
Coordinates: Community 40°49?57?N 96°38?00?W / 40.83250°N 96.63333°W / 40.83250; -96.63333Coordinates: Community 40°49?57?N 96°38?00?W / 40.83250°N 96.63333°W / 40.83250; -96.63333
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Lancaster
Incorporated 1890
Annexed by Lincoln, Nebraska 1922
Elevation 1,224 ft (373 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 o Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 68505
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-04720
GNIS feature ID 827360[1]

Bethany is a neighborhood and former town in the northeast region of the city of Lincoln, Nebraska.[2]


In 1889, Nebraska Christian University was established east of University Place, a town east of Lincoln centered around Nebraska Wesleyan University.[3] The town was incorporated as Bethany Heights in 1890 and the college was renamed Cotner College.[3] The town was named after the biblical village of Bethany, Israel.[4]

Bethany Heights did not enjoy the same success as Lincoln's other satellite communities.[5] In 1920, Bethany Heights reported a population of 1,078.[5] By comparison, University Place and College View, two other suburbs centered around religious colleges, reported populations of over 4,000 and 2,200 respectively in 1920.[5] Havelock, a suburb near Bethany, reported 3,600 residents in 1920.[5] Residents of Bethany Heights relied upon Lincoln for most services, including hospitals, lawyers, doctors, train depots, hotels, dry goods, and even cemeteries.[5] Due to this reliance, the town voted to be annexed as Bethany by the city of Lincoln in 1922.[3] However, the annexation did not come into effect until 1926 because its neighbor, University Place, had to be annexed first in order to create contiguous city limits.[3]

Unlike other Lincoln suburbs, such as Havelock, University Place, and College View, very little remains of the original town.[5] Cotner College was demolished in the early 1950s and the land on which it stood was divided into single-family residential lots.[5] The First State Bank of Bethany Heights is one of few landmarks from the original town and is not closely associated with the college or the town's foundation.[5]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bethany, Nebraska
  3. ^ a b c d "Lincoln Lancaster County". University of Nebraska-Lincoln Virtual Nebraska. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lillian L. (1960). Nebraska Place-Names. University of Nebraska Press. p. 91. ISBN 0-8032-5060-6.  A 1925 edition is available for download at University of Nebraska--Lincoln Digital Commons.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Beattie, James A., House". National Register of Historic Places. 

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