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Platted in 1871, the city of Pierce, Nebraska was named the county seat of Pierce County that same year. Pierce was named for the county, which was itself named for President Franklin Pierce. Although Pierce County had been established in 1859, very few people had settled the area until 1869 when a colony of German immigrants arrived from Wisconsin. In 1870, James Brown build a cabin on the banks of Willow Creek, near the center of the county, and that site was chosen as the county seat in July of that year. Adding several rooms to his cabin, Brown’s home served as a hotel, post office, and temporary county office until a courthouse was constructed on the town square in 1871, the same year that an elementary and secondary school were built. Pierce is southeast of Foster and north-northwest of Hadar.



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