Although Cherry County is the largest county (in square miles) in Nebraska, early settlement did not occur until
the late 1870s. By the early 1880s, however, settlement began to increase spurred on, in part, by the
construction of the railroad. In 1883
One of the world's unique geological areas,k the 19,000-square-mile Sandhills in north-central Nebraska is a vast region of sand dunes blown in by winds about 8,000 years ago. The nearby unchartable maze of grass-covered dunes scared away early pioneers.
The bond issue to build the Valentine Public School was approved in February 1897. It was designed by
Omaha architect Charles F. Beindorff, and construction was completed in 1898. The two-story brick structure
This one-and-one-half-story frame house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a simplified example of a Neo-Classical
Revival dwelling, based upon earlier Greek Revival style houses in the eastern and mid-western states. F. M.