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The city of North Bend, Nebraska was settled by Scottish immigrants in 1856. En route to Kansas from Illinois, they stopped at a newly founded town by the name of Emerson. Liking the area, and concerned about the Border War in Kansas, they founded a nearby town that they named Franklin. In 1858, the town’s name was changed to Wallace, for a Philadelphia philanthropist who offered to build a library in any town taking his name. However, in 1864, after the Union Pacific Railroad bought land there for a depot on what the railroad was referring to as the north bend, the town’s name was changed to North Bend. North Bend is east of Schuyler, west of Fremont, and south of West Point.



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