A post office was established in Abbott in 1887, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1937. The community was named for Othman A. Abbott, the first Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. In 1938, Abbott had about 75 inhabitants. Abbott was located on the Burlington railroad.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Abbott, Nebraska
- "Hall County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Fitzpatrick, Lillian L. (1960). Nebraska Place-Names. University of Nebraska Press. p. 70. ISBN 0-8032-5060-6. A 1925 edition is available for download at University of Nebraska—Lincoln Digital Commons.
- Federal Writers' Project (1938). Origin of Nebraska place names. Lincoln, NE: Works Progress Administration. p. 5.
- August F. Buechler; Robert J. Barr; Dale P. Stough (1920). History of Hall County, Nebraska: A Narrative of the Past with Special Emphasis Upon the Pioneer Period of the County's History, and Chronological Presentation of Its Social, Commercial, Educational, Religious, and Civic Development from the Early Days to the Present Time, and Special Analysis of Its Military and Civil Participation in the Late World War. Western Publishing and Engraving Company. p. 143.
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