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Nebraska County Countdown: #31 Burt County

All about Burts

Contrary to popular belief, Burt County was not named after this guy:

It was actually named after the Honorable Francis Burt, the first Governor of the Nebraska Territory. Burt tragically died a mere two days after taking office. Created in 1854 and organized in 1855, it was settled by Swedish immigrants who had brief incursions with the Omaha tribes who inhabited the area. Burt County includes the towns of Lyons, Oakland, and Tekamah (county seat) as well as the villages of Craig and Decatur.

Not named after Burt Lancaster, either.


Tekamah featured an opera house, where most community activities were held until it’s demise during a tornado in 1904.

Logan Fontanelle

Son of a white man and a Omaha Indian Chief’s daughter, Fontanelle was instrumental in the peaceful dispossession of the Indian lands in the area, and the subsequent removal of the Omaha tribes to a reservation in present day Thurston County.

Nope, still wrong.


Appealing, but erroneous.

Notable Burt’s:

Susan La Flesche Picotte, the first Native American woman to graduate from medical School and practice modern medicine.

Howard B. Mitchell, conductor and music director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1941-1965.

Edmund R. Gibson, cowboy actor from the 20’s who has a star on the Holleywood Walk of Fame.

Buck Rasmussen, defensive lineman from UNO, undrafted free agent signed by Patriots for one season.

Notable BERTS:

Nope, not named after this guy, either.

Notable 31’s:

Joe Orduna, running back, All-Big-8 1970. Went on to an NFL career with New York Giants.

Current 31’s:

Collin Miller, outside linebacker

Kade Warner, walk-on wide receiver, son of NFL great Kurt Warner

Gunner Hellstrom, catcher. With a name like that, I don’t think you’d want to run into him in a dark alley.

Kate Cain, center.