North Platte, Nebraska

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North Platte, Nebraska
City
Golden Spike Tower and visitor center at Union Pacific's Bailey Yards
Golden Spike Tower and visitor center at Union Pacific's Bailey Yards
Location of North Platte, Nebraska
Location of North Platte, Nebraska
Coordinates: 41°8′9″N 100°46′14″W / 41.13583°N 100.77056°W / 41.13583; -100.77056
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Lincoln
Government
 • Mayor Dwight Livingston[1]
 • Legislature Tom Hansen
 • U.S. Congress Adrian Smith (R)
Area[2]
 • Total 13.39 sq mi (34.68 km2)
 • Land 13.20 sq mi (34.19 km2)
 • Water 0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
Elevation 2,802 ft (854 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 24,733
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 24,592
 • Density 1,873.7/sq mi (723.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 69101, 69103
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-35000
GNIS feature ID 0831719[5]
Website City Website

North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States.[6] It is located in the southwestern part of the state, along Interstate 80, at the confluence of the North and South Platte Rivers forming the Platte River. The population was 24,733 at the 2010 census.[7]

North Platte is a railroad town; Union Pacific Railroad's large Bailey Yard is located within the city. Today, North Platte is served only by freight trains, but during World War II the city was famous for the North Platte Canteen. Tens of thousands of volunteers from North Platte and surrounding towns met the troop trains passing through North Platte, offering coffee, sandwiches and hospitality.

North Platte is the principal city of the North Platte Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Lincoln, Logan, and McPherson counties.

Geography[edit]

North Platte is located at 41°8′9″N 100°46′14″W / 41.13583°N 100.77056°W / 41.13583; -100.77056 (41.135914, −100.770501).[8] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.39 square miles (34.68 km2), of which, 13.20 square miles (34.19 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.49 km2) is water.[2]

Climate[edit]

North Platte experiences a dry continental climate similar to that of the Nebraska High Plains, classified as humid continental (Köppen Dfa), and, with an annual average precipitation of 20.22 inches (514 mm), barely avoids semi-arid. The monthly mean temperature ranges from 25.0 °F (−3.9 °C) in January to 74.3 °F (23.5 °C) in July. On average, the temperature reaches 0 °F (−18 °C) on 13.3 nights, fails to break freezing 32.7 days, 90 °F (32 °C) on 36.8 days, and 100 °F (38 °C) on 3.5 days annually. The average first and last dates of freezing temperatures are September 27 and May 10, respectively, while for measurable snow (≥0.1 in/0.25 cm), they are November 1 and April 11, respectively. Extreme temperatures range from −35 °F (−37 °C) on January 15, 1888 and February 12, 1899, up to 112 °F (44 °C) on July 11, 1954.

Climate data for North Platte, Nebraska (North Platte Regional Airport), 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1874–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 73
(23)
79
(26)
88
(31)
98
(37)
99
(37)
107
(42)
112
(44)
108
(42)
105
(41)
96
(36)
83
(28)
76
(24)
112
(44)
Average high °F (°C) 38.9
(3.8)
43.0
(6.1)
52.5
(11.4)
62.2
(16.8)
71.7
(22.1)
81.8
(27.7)
88.2
(31.2)
86.1
(30.1)
77.8
(25.4)
64.5
(18.1)
50.2
(10.1)
39.1
(3.9)
63.0
(17.2)
Average low °F (°C) 11.1
(−11.6)
15.0
(−9.4)
23.5
(−4.7)
33.0
(0.6)
44.1
(6.7)
54.0
(12.2)
60.4
(15.8)
58.2
(14.6)
46.8
(8.2)
33.6
(0.9)
21.0
(−6.1)
11.6
(−11.3)
34.4
(1.3)
Record low °F (°C) −35
(−37)
−35
(−37)
−22
(−30)
−3
(−19)
18
(−8)
29
(−2)
39
(4)
35
(2)
17
(−8)
4
(−16)
−25
(−32)
−34
(−37)
−35
(−37)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.34
(8.6)
0.50
(12.7)
1.05
(26.7)
2.27
(57.7)
3.27
(83.1)
3.42
(86.9)
3.07
(78)
2.29
(58.2)
1.41
(35.8)
1.55
(39.4)
0.64
(16.3)
0.41
(10.4)
20.22
(513.8)
Snowfall inches (cm) 4.8
(12.2)
5.3
(13.5)
4.4
(11.2)
3.2
(8.1)
trace 0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
2.1
(5.3)
3.9
(9.9)
4.6
(11.7)
28.5
(72.4)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 4.1 5.1 6.7 8.4 11.6 10.5 10.3 8.8 7.0 6.6 4.7 3.6 87.4
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 4.2 4.1 3.9 2.0 0.1 0 0 0 0.2 0.7 2.5 3.5 21.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 186.0 180.8 226.3 258.0 291.4 324.0 353.4 319.3 258.0 235.6 174.0 170.5 2,977.3
Source: NOAA,[9] HKO (sun only 1961–1990)[10]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 363
1890 3,055 741.6%
1900 3,640 19.1%
1910 4,793 31.7%
1920 10,466 118.4%
1930 12,061 15.2%
1940 12,429 3.1%
1950 15,433 24.2%
1960 17,184 11.3%
1970 19,447 13.2%
1980 24,509 26.0%
1990 22,605 −7.8%
2000 23,878 5.6%
2010 24,733 3.6%
Est. 2012 24,592 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2012 Estimate[12]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 24,733 people, 10,560 households, and 6,290 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,873.7 inhabitants per square mile (723.4 /km2). There were 11,450 housing units at an average density of 867.4 per square mile (334.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.1% White, 1.0% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 2.8% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.8% of the population.

There were 10,560 households of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.4% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 37.1 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 23,878 people, 9,944 households, and 6,224 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,281.5 people per square mile (880.5/km²). There were 10,718 housing units at an average density of 1,024.1 per square mile (395.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.47% White, 0.71% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.30% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.68% of the population.

There were 9,944 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $34,181, and the median income for a family was $42,753. Males had a median income of $36,445 versus $20,157 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,306. About 7.8% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

AM Radio[edit]

AM radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner City
1240 AM KODY Newstalk 1240 News/Talk Armada Media North Platte
1410 AM KOOQ 1410 AM ESPN Radio Sports Eagle Communications North Platte

FM Radio[edit]

FM radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner Target city/market City of license
90.1 FM KFJS Spirit 90.1 Catholic Spirit Catholic Radio Network North Platte North Platte
93.5 FM KZTL Sunny 93.5 Adult Contemporary Armada Media Paxton North Platte
97.1 FM KELN Mix 97.1 Top 40 Eagle Communications North Platte North Platte
98.5 FM KHAQ 98.5 The Hawk Classic rock Armada Media Maxwell North Platte
100.7 FM KRNP Rock 100 Active Rock Armada Media Sutherland North Platte
103.5 FM KXNP KX 104 Country Armada Media North Platte North Platte
107.3 FM KNPQ Q Country Country Eagle Communications Hershey North Platte

Points of interest[edit]

North Platte is home to the world's largest rail yard, Bailey Yard. The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center is an eight-story building which overlooks the expansive railroad staging area. The tower and visitor center are open to the public year-round.[13]

North Platte was the western terminus of the Union Pacific Railway from the summer of 1867 until the next section to Laramie, Wyoming, was opened the following summer. Even though Congress had authorized the building of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1862, it was only extended as far as Nebraska City by the start of the summer of 1867. The 275-mile section from Nebraska City to North Platte was completed in less than six weeks.[citation needed]

Lincoln County Historical Museum contains a display detailing the history of the North Platte Canteen, which greeted 6.5 million service personnel from Christmas Day 1941 through April 1, 1946. It also contains a Prairie Village with local landmark homes and other buildings, including a Pony Express station and pioneer church among many others.[citation needed]

A landspout near North Platte, Nebraska on May 22, 2004.

Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park is located near North Platte, a Nebraska living history park about Buffalo Bill Cody. The park includes his actual house known as Scout's Rest Ranch. The park is two miles west of U.S. Highway 83 along U.S. Highway 30.[citation needed]

Every June, North Platte hosts the annual "Nebraskaland Days". The event includes parades, art shows, rodeos, concerts, and food events. It draws over 100,000 attendees every year.[14]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ Description from goldenspiketower.com. Retrieved on 2009-03-15.
  14. ^ "About Us". Nebraskaland Days website. Retrieved 2011-07-27.
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Further reading[edit]

  • Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen, Bob Greene, Morrow/Avon, 2002, hardcover, 256 pages, ISBN 0-06-008196-1

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°08′09″N 100°46′14″W / 41.135914°N 100.770501°W / 41.135914; -100.770501