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The small village of Bushnell is in Kimball County, Nebraska. Bushnell was founded in 1867, and named for Cornelius Scranton Bushnell, who was involved in the development of the ironclads used during the Civil War. Bushnell was the last stop of the Union Pacific Railroad before reaching Wyoming. Originally named Bushnell, as it is today, the post office changed the name of the town to Orkney in 1886, as mail was often confused with that intended for Rushville, Nebraska. However, in 1895, its name was changed back to Bushnell. The population of the village peaked at 341 in 1930. Bushnell is east of Pine Bluffs and west of Kimball, situate just north of Interstate 80.



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