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Nebraska County Countdown #41: Polk County

Polk County has a very Swedish history.

Polk County is named after a US President. James K. Polk was the 11th President of the United States (1845-1849) and the county itself was formed in 1856 (152 years old). It’s current population is estimated to be 5203 (2016 estimate). It’s population during the Roaring 20’s was 10,714 so Polk County experienced quite a significant population decline.

Polk County is also home to one of the darkest moments in Nebraska when the town of Durant, Nebraska was ransacked by the Native Americans who raped and killed all the town residents followed by burning to the town to the ground. This incident was featured on the TV show ‘Hell on Wheels’. Season 2 Episode 2 is titled ‘Durant Nebraska’.

The county seat, Osceola, is named after the famous Chief of the Seminole tribe. The biggest city is, Stromsburg, is named after a neighborhood in Ockelbo, Sweden, where the group of settlers were originally from.

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