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The city of Crawford is in Dawes County, in the Great Plains Region of northwestern Nebraska. The town was created when the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad reached Fort Robinson on its way to Wyoming in 1886. A tent city was erected on land purchased from William Annin, several miles east of the fort. The new community was named for Lieutenant Emmet Crawford, who had formerly been stationed at Fort Robinson, but was killed in Mexico in 1886. Being a fort town, Crawford was known for being a wild community, and home to several saloons and brothels. Calamity Jane set up a tent production featuring ten dancing girls just south of town. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad brought additional business to the town when it reached Crawford in 1889, and Crawford was incorporated as a city in 1907. Crawford is southwest of Whitney.


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