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The city of Tekamah is the county seat of Burt County, Nebraska. The area was settled by nine men who came from Omaha in 1854, and chose this land because it had all of the resources that a community needed for survival. Its name was drawn from a hat and if they knew what it meant, no one wrote it down, although some suggestions have been advanced. Tekamah was named the county seat in 1854, and incorporated as a city in 1855. The first courthouse was a blockhouse that had been constructed for protection against Indian attack. The Chicago & North Western Railroad extended its track to Tekamah in 1876, discontinuing it in 1979. The city’s population peaked at 1,925 in 1940, and has remained at about 1,900 since that time. Tekamah is situated at the intersection of US Highway 75 and State Highway 32, east of Oakland and north of Herman, near the Iowa border to the east.



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