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The county seat of Keith County, Nebraska, Ogallala was a Pony Express stop while the area was known as the Nebraska Territory, but it first gained fame as a terminus for cattle drives that moved cattle from Texas to the Union Pacific railway in Ogallala. The Union Pacific Railroad extended its tracks to Ogallala in 1867, although the city itself was not laid out until 1875, and not incorporated until 1930. From 1874 to 1884, the town’s only cemetery was known as Boot Hill, which held the bodies of more than a hundred people although the town itself had a population of fewer than one hundred and thirty at the time. The Old West gunman, Luke Short, lived in Ogallala for a time. Ogallala is east of Bruie, west of Roscoe, and south of Lake McConaughy. Interstate 80 runs through the southern part of the city. The Ogallala Aquifer was named for the city.


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