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Nebraska County Countdown 33: Jefferson County

I have so many memories from Jefferson County

This is my first County Countdown in a couple weeks and I’m pretty happy to be back. We are almost exactly a month away from Husker football which means it’s Jefferson County’s turn in the countdown. My roommate isn’t here in Lincoln to help me out with some of the factual information about Jefferson, but I’ve been to Jefferson many times so I’d like the say I’m the expert this time.

Jefferson County was founded in on January 26, 1856 and is located on the southeastern side of Nebraska. The county was named after the third President of the United States Thomas Jefferson. As of the 2010 census, it has a population of 7,547 people in 13 communities. Technically there are no towns in Jefferson County.

From what I can tell Fairbury is the largest community in Jefferson County with a population, as of 2010, of 3,942. Fairbury is the county seat and started growing around the Rock Island Railroad. When the railroad failed businesses and people started to leave Fairbury.

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