Ogallala NE – Southwest Nebraska Real Estate
Ogallala, the county seat of Keith County, was once known as the “Gateway to the Northern Plains.” In the late 1800’s it was a cattle terminus for Texan cattle herders and the small town boomed with the arrival of the Union Pacific Railway.
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At the height of its days as a boom town, Ogallala’s growth was exponential. It resulted in the construction of schools, stores, and more houses in the area. Today it is the Cowboy Capital of Nebraska, and is home to over 5,000 people. The main source of livelihood remains farming and ranching, yet in recent years, wholesale and manufacturing businesses have mushroomed in the city. Tourism is also on the rise with a focus on water sports at Lake McConaughy.
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Ogallala has long been an ideal location for agricultural and agribusiness ventures. It has extensive rangeland and farmland. Much of the land is used for ranching (over 50 percent), and farming takes a sizable chunk as well (more than 30 percent). The North Platte and South Platte River provide irrigation for croplands. Over 40 percent of the harvested cropland here is irrigated, and in the last 20 years, the farms and ranches in the area have increased in size.
• Ogallala takes its name from the Ogala Sioux tribe. The word ogala means “to scatter one’s own” or to “spread.”
• The Ole Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge has almost 200 animal mounts on display. The animal mounts include big game from North America and Africa. These include bison, lion and elephant mounts.
• Lake McConaughy and the Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area are home to over 360 species of birds. Keith County as a whole has been named one of the best places to go birding in the country.
• The Ogallala Aquifer is one of the largest aquifers in the world. It irrigates a large portion of the land in Ogallala and provides water to parts of eight different states.