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The village of Butte, Nebraska is the county seat of Boyd County. The village was founded in 1890, as a man by the name of John Gormley set up a store in a wagon box about one-quarter mile north of the current village site. Gormley was soon joined by his partner, John Skirving, and they continued doing business from the wagon box while their store was being constructed. This was the first building in Butte, and it served as a post office as well as a store, with John Gormley as its first postmaster. Due to a lack of a secure water source, its buildings were moved to the current village site, and called Harvey Buttes, taking its name from nearby rocky elevations. Other businesses soon sprung up around the store. When Boyd County was organized in 1891, Butte was named the county seat, prompting other businesses that had been located in Mankato, about two and a half miles to the south, to relocate to Butte. At some point, its name was shortened to Butte.



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