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North Platte
North Platte, Nebraska
City
Golden Spike Tower and visitor center at Union Pacific's Bailey Yards
Golden Spike Tower and visitor center at Union Pacific's Bailey Yards
Location of North Platte within Lincoln County and Nebraska
Location of North Platte within Lincoln County and Nebraska
Coordinates: 41°08?10?N 100°45?47?W / 41.136°N 100.763°W / 41.136; -100.763Coordinates: 41°08?10?N 100°45?47?W / 41.136°N 100.763°W / 41.136; -100.763
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Lincoln
Government
 o Mayor Dwight Livingston[1]
Area[2]
 o Total 13.39 sq mi (34.68 km2)
 o Land 13.20 sq mi (34.19 km2)
 o Water 0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
Elevation 2,802 ft (854 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 o Total 24,733
 o Estimate (2016)[4] 24,110
 o Density 1,800/sq mi (710/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 o Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 69101, 69103
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-35000
GNIS feature ID 0831719[5]
Website City Website

North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States.[6] It is located in the southwestern part of the state, along Interstate 80, at the confluence of the North and South Platte Rivers forming the Platte River. The population was 24,733 at the 2010 census.[7]

North Platte is a railroad town; Union Pacific Railroad's large Bailey Yard is located within the city. Today, North Platte is served only by freight trains, but during World War II the city was famous for the North Platte Canteen. Tens of thousands[] of volunteers from North Platte and surrounding towns met the troop trains passing through North Platte, offering coffee, sandwiches and hospitality.

North Platte is the principal city of the North Platte Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Lincoln, Logan, and McPherson counties.

History

North Platte was established in 1868 when the Union Pacific Railroad was extended to that point.[8] It was named from the North Platte River.[9][10]

On July 13, 1929, black North Platte resident Louis "Slim" Seeman shot and killed Edward Green, a North Platte police officer.[11][12]. Following the incident, a mob of white residents of North Platte walked through the city, telling black residents to leave North Platte.[13] Fearing mob violence, most of North Platte's black residents fled.[14]

Geography

North Platte is located at 41°8?9?N 100°46?14?W / 41.13583°N 100.77056°W / 41.13583; -100.77056 (41.135914, -100.770501).[15] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.39 square miles (34.68 km2), of which, 13.20 square miles (34.19 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.49 km2) is water.[2]

Climate

North Platte experiences a dry continental climate similar to that of the Nebraska High Plains, classified as humid continental (Köppen Dwa), and, with an annual average precipitation of 20.22 inches (514 mm), barely avoids semi-arid; it is part of USDA Hardiness zone 5a.[16] The normal monthly mean temperature ranges from 25.0 °F (-3.9 °C) in January to 74.3 °F (23.5 °C) in July.[17] On average, there are 3.5 days that reach 100 °F (38 °C) or higher, 37 days that reach 90 °F (32 °C) or higher, 33 days that do not climb above freezing, and 13 days with a low of 0 °F (-18 °C) or below.[17] The average window for freezing temperatures is September 26 thru May 10,[17] allowing a growing season of 138 days. Extreme temperatures officially range from -35 °F (-37 °C) on January 15, 1888 and February 12, 1899, up to 112 °F (44 °C) on July 11, 1954; the record cold daily maximum is -15 °F (-26 °C) on January 14, 1888, while, conversely, the record warm daily minimum is 80 °F (27 °C) on July 25, 1940.[17]

Precipitation is greatest in May and June and has ranged from 10.01 in (254 mm) in 1931 to 33.44 in (849 mm) in 1951.[17] Snowfall averages 28.5 in (72 cm) per season, and has historically ranged from 3.0 in (7.6 cm) in 1903-04 to 66.3 in (168 cm) in 1979-80;[17] the average window for measurable (>=0.1 in or 0.25 cm) snowfall is October 30 thru April 11, with May snow being rare.[17]

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 24,733 people, 10,560 households, and 6,290 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,873.7 inhabitants per square mile (723.4/km2). There were 11,450 housing units at an average density of 867.4 per square mile (334.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.1% White, 1.0% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 2.8% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.8% of the population.

There were 10,560 households of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.4% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 37.1 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 23,878 people, 9,944 households, and 6,224 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,281.5 people per square mile (880.5/km²). There were 10,718 housing units at an average density of 1,024.1 per square mile (395.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.47% White, 0.71% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.30% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.68% of the population.

There were 9,944 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $34,181, and the median income for a family was $42,753. Males had a median income of $36,445 versus $20,157 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,306. About 7.8% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Media

AM Radio

AM radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner City
1240 AM KODY Newstalk 1240 News/Talk Armada Media North Platte
1410 AM KOOQ 1410 AM ESPN Radio Sports Eagle Communications North Platte

FM Radio

FM radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner Target city/market City of license
90.1 FM KFJS Spirit 90.1 Catholic Spirit Catholic Radio Network North Platte North Platte
93.5 FM KZTL Sunny 93.5 Adult Contemporary Armada Media Paxton North Platte
94.9 FM KJLT-FM Christian Radio Tri-State Broadcasting Association North Platte North Platte
97.1 FM KELN Mix 97.1 Top 40 Eagle Communications North Platte North Platte
98.5 FM KHAQ 98.5 The Hawk Classic rock Armada Media Maxwell North Platte
100.7 FM KRNP Rock 100 Active Rock Armada Media Sutherland North Platte
103.5 FM KXNP KX 104 Country Armada Media North Platte North Platte
107.3 FM KNPQ Q Country Country Eagle Communications Hershey North Platte

Points of interest

A landspout near North Platte, Nebraska on May 22, 2004.

North Platte is home to the world's largest rail yard, Bailey Yard. The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center is an eight-story building which overlooks the expansive railroad staging area. The tower and visitor center are open to the public year-round.[23]

North Platte was the western terminus of the Union Pacific Railway from the summer of 1867 until the next section to Laramie, Wyoming, was opened the following summer. Even though Congress had authorized the building of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1862, it was only extended as far as Nebraska City by the start of the summer of 1867. The 275-mile section from Nebraska City to North Platte was completed in less than six weeks.[]

Lincoln County Historical Museum contains a display detailing the history of the North Platte Canteen, which greeted 6.5 million service personnel from Christmas Day 1941 through April 1, 1946. It also contains a Prairie Village with local landmark homes and other buildings, including a Pony Express station and pioneer church among many others.[24]

Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park is located near North Platte, a Nebraska living history park about Buffalo Bill Cody. The park includes his actual house known as Scout's Rest Ranch. The park is two miles west of U.S. Highway 83 along U.S. Highway 30.[25]

Every June, North Platte hosts the annual "Nebraskaland Days". The event includes parades, art shows, rodeos, concerts, and food events. It draws over 100,000 attendees every year.[26]

North Platte is host to the annual Miss Nebraska pageant, an official preliminary for the Miss America Organization.[27]

Notable people

Notes

  1. ^ Official records for North Platte kept at downtown from September 1874 to December 1947 and at North Platte Regional Airport since January 1948.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Livingston wins Mayoral race" by George Lauby in the North Platte Bulletin) of November 7, 2012
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions: Nebraska". Population Census. 2010 United States Census. 2011-07-18. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "North Platte, Lincoln County". Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies. University of Nebraska. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ "Profile for North Platte, NE". ePodunk. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ Fitzpatrick, Lillian L. (1960). Nebraska Place-Names. University of Nebraska Press. p. 96. ISBN 0-8032-5060-6.  A 1925 edition is available for download at University of Nebraska--Lincoln Digital Commons.
  11. ^ https://racialinjustice.eji.org/timeline/07-13/
  12. ^ https://racialinjustice.eji.org/timeline/07-13/
  13. ^ http://nebraskahistory.org/publish/publicat/history/full-text/NH1979NorthPlatte.pdf
  14. ^ http://nebraskahistory.org/publish/publicat/history/full-text/NH1979NorthPlatte.pdf
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map". http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/. United States Department of Agriculture.  External link in |website= (help);
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h "NowData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ ThreadEx
  19. ^ "Station Name: NE NORTH PLATTE RGNL AP". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ "WMO Climate Normals for NORTH PLATTE/LEE BIRD FLD NE 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved 2013. 
  22. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Archived from the original on June 2, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  23. ^ Description from goldenspiketower.com. Retrieved on 2009-03-15.
  24. ^ Description from Lincolncountymuseum.org. Retrieved on 2015-10-23.
  25. ^ Description from visitnorthplatte.com. Retrieved on 2015-10-23.
  26. ^ "About Us". Nebraskaland Days website. Retrieved 2011-07-27.
  27. ^ "Events". VisitNorthPlatte.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  28. ^ "Howard Conklin Baskerville". Find A Grave. Retrieved 2012. 
  29. ^ "Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park". Visit North Platte. Retrieved 2017. 
  30. ^ "Nathan Enderle #4 QB". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved 2012. 
  31. ^ 'Paul Faulkner-Was NFA artist,The Day (New London, Connecticut, January 6, 1997, B4
  32. ^ "Biography of Senator Chuck Hagel". Official website of Senator Chuck Hagel. Retrieved . 
  33. ^ "John Howell". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  34. ^ "Sandhill highway to be named after Glenn Miller". McCook Daily Gazette. 1999-09-01. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  35. ^ "Nebraska Governor Keith M. Neville". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2012. 
  36. ^ "Red Cloud". New Perspectives of the West. Retrieved 2012. 
  37. ^ "Donald "Dr. Donald D. Rose" Rosenberg". Find A Grave. Retrieved 2012. 
  38. ^ "Northern Colorado's Premier MMA Gym". Trials Martial Arts and Fitness i. Retrieved 2012. 
  39. ^ "Danny Woodhead #39 RB". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved 2012. 

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