Wheeler was originally called Baird, but when it was discovered that another place called Baird already existed, the town was renamed to avoid repetition.
A post office was established at Wheeler in 1881, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1934.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wheeler, Nebraska
- Fitzpatrick, Lillian L. (1960). Nebraska Place-Names. University of Nebraska Press. p. 146. ISBN 0-8032-5060-6. A 1925 edition is available for download at University of Nebraska—Lincoln Digital Commons.
- "Wheeler County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
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