Cheney, Nebraska

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Cheney, Nebraska
Unincorporated community
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Cheney, Nebraska is located in Nebraska
Cheney, Nebraska
Cheney, Nebraska
Location within the state of Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°43′32″N 96°35′46″W / 40.72556°N 96.59611°W / 40.72556; -96.59611Coordinates: 40°43′32″N 96°35′46″W / 40.72556°N 96.59611°W / 40.72556; -96.59611
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Lancaster
Elevation 1,427 ft (435 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 68526
GNIS feature ID 828111

Cheney is an unincorporated community in Lancaster County, Nebraska, in the United States.[1]


In 1867, the Midland Pacific Railroad was established in Nebraska City.[2] Midland Pacific began to build a line to Lincoln the following year, passing through the land owned by Mr. Cheney.[2] A station was created on his land in 1871, named Cheney's Station.[2][3] The village of Cheney was platted in 1874, a triangular map along the railroad.[2] The first school was built in 1874 and a post office was established at Cheney in 1876.[2][4]

Cheney has played host to a lumberyard, a grocery store, three churches, a bank, a hardware store, a grain elevator, a general store, and a dance hall through the years, despite never growing past a population of 49.[2] Formerly, Cheney was the eastern terminus of Lincoln's Old Cheney Road, a major east-west street in the city, but Old Cheney today passes roughly two miles north of the village of Cheney.[2]

Lincoln's southeastward expansion means that Cheney is bordered by the city of Lincoln to the north and west. As the village is triangular, this means that only the eastern portion of Cheney is not immediately bordered by Lincoln.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cheney, Nebraska
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Column, JIM McKEE /. "Jim McKee: Cheney, Davey two Lincoln neighbors". Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  3. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1938). Origin of Nebraska place names. Lincoln, NE: Works Progress Administration. p. 8. 
  4. ^ "Lancaster County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 20 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.