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
By the late 1800s, the United States saw railroad tracks stretched, like a giant web, across its entirety, carrying cargo and travelers towards settlement in the West. Long silenced, abandoned, and almost forgotten, a hundred years later the rails are beginning to see travelers once again. They'
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