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Nebraska County Countdown 70: Dakota County

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First an apology for forgetting this one on Saturday. I signed someone else up to do this county but forget to tell him. Oops!

Even though it is out of order, I thought I’d still bring you a quick article on Dakota county and everything “70” for the Huskers.

dakota county in light red shown in a state map of nebraska

We travel to the mighty Missouri today and a spot where three states converge - Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa.

The county seat is Dakota City and the county has a population just north of 20,000 people. Just across the river to the east is the metro of Sioux City, Iowa and North Sioux City, South Dakota is to the north. The largest city in Dakota County is South Sioux City with a population just over 13,000 (2010 census). The county reached its present size in 1889 when Dixon and Thurston counties were separated into their own units.

In addition to the two cities above, the county includes three villages, Homer, Jackson, and Hubbard. The unincorporated town of Willis and a portion of the town of Emerson are also part of Dakota County.

As with most Nebraska counties, the first inhabitants were Native Americans. In Dakota County, it was probably the Omaha Sioux tribe. From the county’s own website, the first European explorers were trappers:

Long before the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Malette brothers -- two French Trappers -- explored the area. They came down from Canada in 1739 and crossed the Missouri just below what is now Dakota City, Nebraska. In 1793 the English hired an Irishman, MacKay, to set up trading posts along the river. He left St. Louis with 33 men in August of 1795 and arrived Nov. 11, 1795 at Chief Blackbird’s village east of what is now Homer, and established Fort Charles. It was later named Blyberg.

Husker “70” Trivia:

  • Current Husker wearing #70 - Matt Sichterman, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman
  • Who wore it best? Doug Glaser was an All-American offensive tackle in 1989.
  • The 1970 Huskers under Bob Devaney won the first of two consecutive national championships. They posted an 11-0-1 record with the tie coming to #3 ranked USC in the Coliseum. Offensive tackle Donnie McGhee wore #70 for that team.