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Nebraska County Countdown to Kickoff: Day 83

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Let’s take a trip to Garfield County!

Welcome to Garfield County, Nebraska! Originally named after the 20th president of the U.S. of A. James A. Garfield, Garfield county has a population of around 2,000 people. The largest town and also the county seat is Burwell, Nebraska, with a population of around 1,200 people. Burwell is home to “Nebraska’s Big Rodeo” that takes place in late July every year.

In 1921, citizens of Burwell, Nebraska decided to put their community on the map with an annual community celebration. They chose to begin a rodeo, which reflected the western heritage of the town. The first rodeo was held in September of 1921, and since that time nearly every professional rodeo champion who has pulled on a pair of boots has tramped through the historic arena of Burwell...Continue Reading

Garfield is home to four Nebraska Historical sites:

Burwell Bridge

Just five feet shorter than the Cairo Bridge in Howard County, the Burwell Bridge represents one of the longest cantilevered beam structures identified in the statewide bridge inventory. It is technologically significant for its representation of long-span beam bridge experimentation conducted by the state engineer’s office in the 1930s...

Burwell Carnegie Library

The Burwell Carnegie Library follows the recommendations put forth by the Carnegie Corporation of New York regarding library design, that is, a one-story rectangular brick building with a raised basement. This library is similar in plan to several libraries constructed with assistance from Andrew Carnegie. Andrew Carnegie funded the construction of 1,679 public libraries across the United States, their value totaling over 40 million dollars. As in so many small communities across the country, Burwell did not have a sole-use public library until the Carnegie Corporation of New York funded its construction...

Garfield County Frontier Fairgrounds

Women’s Barrel Racing: This is a timed event in which the contestant must cover a course around three barrels placed in a triangular or cloverleaf pattern in’the arena. A rider must complete this course and return to the starting line in 16 17 seconds to “make a good showing” and hope to place...

Hub Building

Beginning in 1906 and into the mid 1930’s, professional space was located on the second floor of the Hub Building, including the town’s doctor, and dentist, a lawyer and a music teacher. In the early 1900’s the telephone company rented the northwest office. From 1912 until January 1,1915, the first Burwell library occupied one of the offices on the second floor. The library was moved upon completion of the Burwell Carnegie Library building (under NRHP consideration, 2006). In 1915, the local post office was temporarily moved to the 2nd floor of the Hub while the new post office building was being constructed. Olive Coffin Walker (daughter of H.J. Coffin) and her husband pharmacist Ralph Leo Walker, changed the office space on this floor into apartments in the 1930’s. Many of the townspeople have lived on the second floor at one time in their lives. From the 1930’s through 1977 the rent was $25 - $40 a month. This price included heat and water. The last apartment renter moved out in 2003...

Other Husker 83 Things:

  • Warren DeBus (guard 1932 all-conf)
  • Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE 2000)
  • Terrance Nunn (SE 2007)
  • Current Husker wearing 83 is Senior Wide Receiver Bryan Reimers from Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • The 1983 Nebraska Cornhuskers nicknamed “The Scoring Explosion” went 12-1 under Tom Osborne. The team won every regular season game and lost the national championship in the Orange bowl to Miami 30-31 when Coach Osborne went for two and failed to convert. That was Miami’s first national championship and the start of their football dynasty.