Loup City, Nebraska

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Loup City, Nebraska
One- and two-story brick buildings seen across a street intersection; crowned eagle painted on the pavement, filling most of the intersection
Corner of 7th and O Streets in Loup City. The painting on the pavement is the White Eagle from the Polish coat of arms.
Motto: "Polish Capital Of Nebraska"
Location of Loup City, Nebraska
Location of Loup City, Nebraska
Coordinates: 41°16′38″N 98°58′5″W / 41.27722°N 98.96806°W / 41.27722; -98.96806Coordinates: 41°16′38″N 98°58′5″W / 41.27722°N 98.96806°W / 41.27722; -98.96806
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Sherman
 • Total 0.94 sq mi (2.43 km2)
 • Land 0.94 sq mi (2.43 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,073 ft (632 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,029
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,015
 • Density 1,094.7/sq mi (422.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 68853
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-29470[4]
GNIS feature ID 0830919[5]
Website www.loupcity.com

Loup City is the county seat of Sherman County,[6] in the central portion of the Midwestern state of Nebraska in the United States. The population was 1,029 at the 2010 census. Loup City is close to the Middle Loup River, and about five miles from Sherman Reservoir.


Loup City was the first permanent settlement in Sherman County which was named for Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. In 1871, Martin, William, and Cyrus Benschoter and William Walt stayed a short time in the area and were so favorably impressed with the beauty of the Loup Valley and the good earth that they spread word to friends and relatives that they had found the "garden spot of the world."

The first school district was formed in 1873 with J. Wesley Eddy serving as superintendent. Eddy was also the minister who performed marriages and church services in the area.

The years between 1873 and 1878 were difficult years for the settlers. Reports of an impending Indian uprising and destruction of crops by grasshoppers scared many settlers into leaving. In 1875 conditions improved, and in 1876 the town began to prosper due to the increased travel to the Black Hills.

In 1878, the number of settlers increased and in 1886, the Union Pacific Railroad laid tracks to Loup City. In 1887 the railroad, known today as the Burlington Northern, reached Loup City with its tracks.

During the Great Depression, Loup City was the site of a clash between radical leftists, influenced by Mother Bloor, who clashed with area residents in June 1934 following efforts by Communists to organize the workers of a poultry processing plant.

The completion of Sherman Reservoir in 1963 added tourism to the area's economic base.

For many years Loup City has proclaimed itself as the "Polish capital of Nebraska," due to a significant Polish population (see Polonia). "Polish Days" is an annual community event held on the first weekend of June. The town's Catholic church, Saint Josaphat's, features stained glass windows commemorating area families, most with Polish names. The windows were salvaged from the previous St. Josaphat's and date from the early 1900s.[7]


Sherman Dam - 2,845-acre lake and 4,721 land acres. Primitive camping includes 360 non-pad sites. Facilities include picnic tables, shelters, water, dumpstation, modern restrooms, vault toilets, four boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, coin-operated showers and concession.

Bowman Recreation Area - Bowman Lake, located one mile west of Loup City, is a 23-acre area lying adjacent to the Loup River and features a 20-acre man made lake. It offers picnicking, fishing and primitive camping.

Jenners Park - At one time, Jenner’s Park was home to amusement rides and a zoo. Today, the park is home to a disc golf course, two picnic shelters, outdoor grills, playground equipment, and an outdoor recreation area.

Loup City Swimming Pool - Newly built in 2000, the Loup City pool has a water slide, diving board, basketball hoop, mushroom, and zero depth entry.

Loup City Golf Course - A 9 hole course located one mile west of Loup City. The par 36 course has mature trees, a creek, and several ponds.

Petersen Park Ball Fields - Two newly developed baseball fields used for T-ball teams to high school softball teams. The park also includes a playground area for younger children.


Loup City is located at 41°16′38″N 98°58′5″W / 41.27722°N 98.96806°W / 41.27722; -98.96806 (41.277332, -98.968063)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.94 square miles (2.43 km2), all of it land.[1]


2010 census[edit]

Loup City
Population by Decade

1940 - 1,675
1950 - 1,508
1960 - 1,415
1970 - 1,456
1980 - 1,368
1990 - 1,104
2000 - 996
2010 - 1,029

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,029 people, 462 households, and 263 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,094.7 inhabitants per square mile (422.7 /km2). There were 569 housing units at an average density of 605.3 per square mile (233.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.7% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 462 households of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.1% were non-families. 40.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the city was 48.1 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.8% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 27.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Our Community". www.nppd.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.