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Known as the Czech Capital of the United States, the city of Wilber is the county seat of Saline County, Nebraska. The earliest European settler in the area was Tobias Castor, who came in 1862, establishing a post office at Blue Island, a mile south of the current town center. The town of Wilber was platted in 1873 on land contributed by Charles Dana Wilber, a land speculator. By 1900, approximately ninety percent of the town’s inhabitants were of Czech descent. Wilber replaced Pleasant Hill as the county seat in 1877. The town’s economy has always been largely based on agriculture. Wilber is west of Clatonia and north of De Witt, while the larger city of Lincoln is to the northeast.



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