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Gibbon, Nebraska

Gibbon, named for Gen. John Gibbon of Civil War fame, was established by a land agent, Col. John Thorp. He made a contract with the Union Pacific Railroad to establish a town "anywhere in Buffalo County, Nebraska." He chose the site at "Gibbon Switch" on the railroad.

The Baptist church was organized on January 16, 1872. Only 100 hours later, the Presbyterians organized, and using the rejected bricks from the courthouse project, they built the first church building in Gibbon. This was not only the first church built in Buffalo County, but also the first Nebraska church building west of Grand Island. Only one church in Colorado and another in Wyoming are older. There are now five churches in Gibbon.

Gibbon is the site of the first commercial feeding of sheep in Nebraska. Sheep were herded from ontana and Wyoming to Gibbon to be fed out. Several large homes have been built on the profits of this "sheep money."

Another local phenomenon was the race for Nebraska state legislature in 1872 between a Gibbon man, D.P.Ashburn, and Buffalo Bill Cody of show-business fame. Ashburn, the butter-maker, undertaker, postmaster, and later attorney, won the election.

Among Gibbon's native sons we note: nationally-known TV star Dick Cavett, and S.C.Bassett, writer of the History of Buffalo County, and who was a farmer, dairyman, and editor.

Today Gibbon has 50 businesses and a busy local trade. Two packing plants provide both market and employment for the town, still served by the railroad. The Norbest turkey plant, processing as high as 15,000 turkeys per day, is currently being enlarged to accommodate boned turkey products. The cattle processing plant, Gibbon Pack, can process 1,600 head per day and is also being enlarged. Gibbon, with a present population of 1,500, has had a steady and constant growth.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Windmill State Recreation Area

A display of antique windmills which tower over exceptional camping facilities near small, picturesque lakes. Park grounds open for day use year round. One modern restroom, electrical hookups open year round. Shower house open May 1-Oct 31

Gibbon, NE RV Parks

Gibbon Heritage Museum

The museum is housed in the oldest standing church in Buffalo County. It contains a library of photographs dating back to 1871

Gibbon, NE Museums

Gibbon Valley View Golf Club

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7

Gibbon, NE Golf Courses

Gibbon Valley View Golf Course

May 1, 2011 4-Man Early Bird Tournament Gibbon Valley View Golf Course Gibbon, NE 68840 Register by calling (308)468-5884 Shot Gun Start 10:00

Gibbon, NE Golf Courses

Things to do near Gibbon, NE

Red Smoke Historic Site

National Historic Register - Red Smoke is one of three Paleo-Indian Tradition sites excavated following World War II ...