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Named for former Vice President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax, the city of Schuyler is the county seat of Colfax County, Nebraska. Prior to the town’s settlement, the Mormon Trail ran along the southern edge of what later became the Schuyler, and the 1859 Military Road followed the same path. Moses Shinn established a ferry near the mouth of Shell Creek, allowing travelers from Omaha to use the south side of the river, where travel was smoother. The Union Pacific Railroad’s route across Nebraska stayed followed the north side of the river, establishing a depot called Shell Creek Station. In 1869, Platte County was divided into the smaller counties, the eastern portion being Colfax County, also named for Schuyler Colfax, and Shell Creek Station was renamed Schuyler and designated as the seat of the county government. At that time, it consisted only of a depot, a section house, water tower, and fuel storage area. Schuyler was incorporated in 1870, at a time when Texas cattlemen were driving large herds of cattle to the stockyards at Schuyler. The city is situated at the intersection of Route 15 and Highway 30, east of Richland, west of Rogers and North Bend, and north of Octavia.



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