The "Skidi" band of Pawnee Indians originally lived in this area. The Pawnee word "skidi" means "wolf." Translated into French, the word becomes "loup," the name given to the large three-pronged watershed in central Nebraska. Soon after Sherman County was organized in 1873, Loup City became the county seat, primarily because of its location in the Middle Loup Valley.
The Union Pacific Railroad came to Loup City in May 1886, followed by the Burlington in October 1887. This provided daily mail delivery, telegraph service, and competitive rates for freight and passengers.
In those early days, the railroad companies owned over 160,000 acres of land. The sale of these lands brought many immigrants to Sherman County; Polish, Swedish, Danish, German, Bohemian, English, and Scottish.
Explore Sherman County
Bowman Lake is a 23-acre area lying adjacent to the Loup River and features a 20-acre manmade lake. It is located one mile west of Loup City Bowman Recreation Area offers picnicking, fishing and primitive camping. There are 10 non-pad sites without electricity available.Loup City, NE Outdoor Recreation
Sherman County was organized in 1873 during a period of pronounced settlement in the state. Loup City was selected as county seat and a courthouse was built the following year. However, it burned down the day it was completed. A brick courthouse was constructed in 1878. In 1919Loup City, NE Historic Courthouses